Akins: Navy just what he wanted

Evan Akins always wanted to be a Navy man. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound offensive lineman made his dreams a reality after an impressive showing at a June camp in Annapolis, Md., which led to an offer from the Midshipmen staff. It didn't take Akins, who hails from Hudsonville, Mich., long to give his recruiting coach, Ashley Ingram, the affirmative on a commitment.

Evan Akins always wanted to be a Navy man. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound offensive lineman made his dreams a reality after an impressive showing at a June camp in Annapolis, Md., which led to an offer from the Midshipmen staff. It didn't take Akins, who hails from Hudsonville, Mich., long to give his recruiting coach, Ashley Ingram, the affirmative on a commitment.

"Actually, Navy was where I always wanted to go so I pursed them myself," Akins shared with GoMids.com. "I was out east on spring break and I contacted the coaches and they were very enthusiastic about having me coming to camp and sending them film. I went back to go to the camp at the end of June then received my offer soon afterward. One thing the coaches really liked was how long I am. They also liked my wing span, ability to move, and combination of good athletics and academics."

Two days later, Akins gave his verbal commitment to Coach Ingram and then to Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo over offers from Butler, Harvard, and Yale.

"I knew going into recruiting exactly what I wanted," Akins said. "I wanted to join a good football program, quality academics that will take me somewhere in life, and I wanted to go on the military path. What better place to do all of that than the Naval Academy?

"Coach Ingram and the head coach were both very excited when I gave them my commitment. They welcomed me to the brotherhood and commended me for making my decision."

The Hudsonville Eagles are looking to rebound from a two-win season in 2012. Akins will serve as a senior captain and plans on leading the change in the turnaround effort.

"I wanted to be done with recruiting before the season to make sure I'm focused on restoring the winning tradition we have at Hudsonville," he said. "Our main goal is to get back to the state playoffs."

Akins will play both offensive and defensive line in his senior season for the Eagles. The Navy staff likes him at offensive tackle and Akins feels confident he'll fit in well in the triple option attack.

"We don't run [the triple option] at my high school but we play against teams that do," said Akins. "It works well. I always make it a point to sit down and watch Navy games on Saturday. I like their style of play and always wanted to be an offensive lineman there."

This autumn Akins hopes to catch some of the Midshipmen games in the Midwest. The team will make two trips to Indiana (Indiana and Notre Dame) and one to Ohio to take on Toledo. Along with Coach Ingram, offensive line coach Chris Culton also served in recruiting Akins to Annapolis.


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