Pack Takes Early Lead for Akins

Jackson (GA) defensive end Justin Akins talks about his recent visit to NC State and where the Pack stands in his recruitment.

Justin Akins hasn't received as many headlines as some other Peach State recruits but there's a good chance that will change over the coming months.

The junior defensive end from Jackson (GA) is a 6-5, 235-pound pass rusher who recorded five sacks last fall. NC State recently became the first school to verbally offer Akins, with Louisville, VMI and William & Mary quickly following suit.

Akins attended a junior day in Raleigh this weekend because he was excited about the NC State offer and find out more about the Wolfpack program.

"I really liked it," Akins told Pack Pride on Sunday. "It went really good.

"They just showed me around the campus and I got to talk to some of the coaches. I really liked the campus. I thought it was pretty nice."

Akins said NC State offered a few weeks ago after watching some of his film. The coaches were complimentary of his abilities and made it clear they would love for him to join the program.

"They had just been telling me they wanted me to get up to the school and they told me they were glad I was there," he continued.

"Coach (Mike) Reed is recruiting me and I really like him. He seems like a nice guy. I like him a lot."

In fact, he went one step beyond that and admitted that the Pack is in great shape.

"They're probably my favorite," he said with a laugh. "I'd say they're number one."

That doesn't mean Akins is ready to make a decision. Far from it.

"I just want to wait and I want to consider all my offers. I'm going to wait it out a little while. I'm supposed to visit Louisville sometime soon and then I'll visit some other schools.

"I'm really going to be looking for people I can get along with. That and location and just how the program's built," he said.

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