PEARL, Ms. – As they say, there is a first time for everything.
And that certainly was the case today for 2017 five-star running back Cam Akers, who was one of roughly 400 prospects at U-M’s satellite camp held at Pearl (Ms.) High. And like many of the campers, it gave Akers his first chance of meeting Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh himself for the first time.
“This is my first time meeting him in person,” Akers said of Harbaugh. “So definitely got a chance to meet him, shaking his hand was really crazy to me. Just meeting him today, and introducing myself personally was a big deal.”
Adding: “I definitely can see myself playing on that type of program,” Akers said of U-M. “It’s a traditional school, they send running backs (to NFL) and they win.”
Harbaugh, however, isn’t the only U-M coach making an impact on Akers’ recruitment. In fact, his main area recruiter is U-M running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley, and their relationship is trending in the right directions, says Akers.
“It’s definitely building, he definitely does a good job of recruiting me, recruiting my family also.” Akers said of Wheatley. “(Michigan) made my top-10. So I am going to continue to talk to them and continue to weigh my options.”
As of right now, Akers says his plan is to visit Michigan and Ohio State later this summer. And no matter which school he chooses in the end, Akers says how they treat his family during his campus trips will play a major role his commitment.
“Definitely recruiting my family, all the schools have nice facilities, all the nice stuff, the flashy stuff,” Akers said. “That don’t matter three or four years down the line. So definitely recruiting my family, feeling at home, feeling like it’s a home away from home.”
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Akers says he will put out his top-six later this summer. He also says he plans to announce his final decision at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl this January.