Decision coming soon for Akins

A prospect that really gained some momentum late in the season is closing in on his decision. Jordan Akins came onto the scene late as a football recruit and he is about ready to end the process.

"I am really only looking at Georgia and UCF now," said Jordan Akins. "I visited Georgia a couple of weeks ago and I am leaving for Central Florida on Friday. I will be making my decision when I get back."

Akins is ready to get down to central Florida to see what UCF is all about. He knows he likes the coaches there so now he wants to take a look at the school itself.

"Coach [David] Kelly and Coach [George] O'Leary came up to see me earlier this week and I really like them. I have gotten to know Coach Kelly well and he is a cool guy. Coach O'Leary really wanted me to commit the other night, but I wasn't ready. I can tell they want me to come down there, so I want to take a look at them this weekend."

The 6-foot-3, 185 pound wide receiver out of McDonough (GA) Union Grove has seen his other finalist and he liked what he saw.

"The Georgia visit went real good," he said. "My host was Branden Smith and he is a real cool guy. He kind of showed me around, I hung out with some other players, and got to see everything. Georgia is just a nice school and their facilities are great."

The coach recruiting Akins for the Dawgs is Tony Ball. They have gotten to know each other well and he likes the UGA wide receivers coach.

"He has shown me some drills that can help me get better, he is cool to talk to, and he seems like he would be a good coach to play for. He knows how to coach receivers, so I like that."

Ball was out at Union Grove earlier this week to visit Akins one final time, but there is another coach that interests the three-star wideout that coaches in Athens, and it is not head football coach Mark Richt.

It is baseball head coach David Perno.

"I got to talk with him during my visit and he really wants me to come up to Georgia to play both football and baseball. Both Georgia and UCF have told I could play both, so that is important to me. I liked him and I know Georgia has a top baseball program."

Now it comes down to decision time. Akins is set to visit UCF this weekend and shortly after that he plans to make his decision.

"I will probably come back home Sunday night and think about it. I do not think I will wait until Signing Day, but I really do not know when I will commit. I have not thought about a time or anything. I just need to take this visit and think everything over."

"I know it will be either Georgia or UCF for sure though."

Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Manager for the South Region and he can be reached at

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