Chad Simmons

Clinton junior star Cam Akers talks about this weekend's huge came with Starkville High

Clinton High School has taken some huge strides as a football program in recent years. Now a 6A state title contender, the Arrows have respect statewide. The eyes of the Magnolia State will be on Starkville this weekend as CHS visits for a match-up that will decide the region championship.

"I am excited about the game," Clinton High school quarterback Cam Akers said. "I really like our team and I feel like we have a good chance this weekend. This is an important game and it will have a lot to do with the seeding."

Akers reports that he has done some pretty serious film review to prepare for the challenges that the Yellow Jacket defense bring to what amounts to the regional championship game.

"Starkville has some good players," Akers said. "I have watched their defense a lot. I know some of the things that they like to do and some of the coverages that they like to play. I know that they will probably have some new tricks of the trade for me, so I will just have to adjust to what they're doing against us."

Two years ago, the Arrows had just one player, Grant Harris sign a college scholarship. Now the CHS roster has several players who are expected to play beyond the high school level. The rise in skill level and team chemistry has the Arrow program leaps and bounds beyond what they once were.

"We have come a long way since my 9th grade year," Akers said. "I feel like we have improved a lot and that we are a much better team. We have some good coaches and everybody has come together to be a better team. I think we have the chance to go a long way this year."

Akers is regarded as the top 2017 football prospect in his home state of Mississippi. Projected to play running back on the next level, Akers is currently committed to the University of Alabama.

"I am committed to Alabama and I am planning to go down there this weekend for the game against LSU," Akers said. "I am excited to get back over there and see the game. It's going to be a good game for sure."

While the Tide holds Akers' verbal pledge, several other schools are hoping to convince the four star talent to re-open his recruitment.

"I am committed to Alabama, but I am still willing to listen to what some of the other schools have to say," Akers said. "The two in state schools, Mississippi State and Ole Miss, are still in touch with me. Pretty much all of the schools that were recruiting me are still recruiting me. I am committed to Alabama though."

Signing day for Akers is still well over a year away, so his attention is on more immediate concerns. With the 6A state playoffs set to begin next week, Akers will look to bring his best effort to Starkville this Friday in hopes of plotting a course to the state title.

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