Cam Akers is a 5' 10", 200-pound athlete that played quarterback and tailback
for Clinton last season. He put up over 1,500 yards of offense and the recruiting
attention heated up.
"Ole Miss was my first scholarship offer," Akers said. "It meant a lot to me. To get my first offer and it was from Ole Miss and being a D1 school that is in the SEC. That meant a lot. It is in one of the top conferences in college football. It just doesn't get much better than that."
Was he surprised that he received an SEC offer so early in his high school career?
"Yes sir because people from Mississippi do not usually get offers as young as I am. We get overlooked a lot of times here in Mississippi because we do not get the publicity that the players from other states get.
What did the Rebels tell Cam that they liked about him to extend a scholarship at such an early age?
"Coach (Derrick) Nix said he liked my film. I guess that is why they offered me. I have not talked to them in a while until I came up to their Elite Camp. They said I did really well there. They liked my running style. Coach Nix said he was looking for some guys who can break tackles and take it the distance. I ran really well (4.5), and tested well at their camps, but he likes how I run more than anything."
What has Akers learned about Ole Miss through the recruiting process?
"I really enjoyed working under coach (Derrick) Nix. He is real easy going but teaches you the little things. I got to meet most of their coaches at their camp and they keep it fun. I could really see myself being coached by those guys one day."
Did Cam have a school he followed as a kid?
"I liked Ole Miss, but to tell you the truth I have always kind of liked watching LSU play. I liked how they use their running backs. I also went to their camp and it was nice. They have a lot of good coaches there too. Their facilities are nice like Ole Miss'. It was a good trip."
Akers also got a chance to work out under the MSU coaches.
"Coach (Greg) Knox was great. He really pushes you to get better. I think they have a really good program too. We really did not talk about the scholarship situation directly but they kind of hinted that I had one. I am going to talk to them again soon to see if it is official."
Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org