Scout Rating: ***
Scout Rank: JC
Size: 6-0, 215
Hometown: (Georgia Military) Durham, NC
Stats: 4.5 40
Projected position at OM: RB
Accolades: JUNIOR COLLEGE: Listed as a 3-star recruit by Scout.com… Helped lead Georgia Military College to the junior college national championship game as a sophomore … Rushed 95 times for 558 yards and four touchdowns during an injury-riddled season … As a freshman, he totaled 463 yards on 71 carries with five rushing TDs and two receiving scores … Coached in junior college by Bert Williams … HIGH SCHOOL: Ran for 1,324 yards and 14 touchdowns his senior year at Southern … Coached in high school by Adrian Jones … Also ran track.
Recruiting Competition: Akeem had offers from several schools and high interest from several others who somewhat backed off when he was injured during the 2013 season. Through it all, he chose the Rebels over North Carolina State, Arkansas, Louisville and Tennessee. He also had offers from Florida State and Auburn, who played for the national championship this year.
Quotable: ""The Ole Miss coaches were every bit as excited about football and me in person as they were on the phone when they were recruiting me long distance, and then some, when I visited. That was a big part of what sold me. They have so much new construction going on. I didn't know they were building on to their facilities like that. We rode around campus and there were just a lot of construction going on. You can see that they are really expanding over there at Ole Miss. That's a big plus. But what really got me excited are the players. They really believe they're about to do some big things and that's a huge plus for me. They think they're about to win a national championship, and I think they can too. It's one thing to just say it, but they're working really hard over there at Ole Miss. I got a chance to hang out with their players on my official visit, and they're not just talking the talk. They're walking the walk and that's huge."
Scouting Report: Akeem had an injury-riddled 2013 campaign, but when he gets healthy and returns to form, he could very well be the total package. He's got good size – something the Rebs have lacked from the tailback spot, he has good speed and runs with power and agility. It's all just a matter of him learning the offensive system quickly when he gets on campus and adjusting to the speed of major college football.
Coach Hugh Freeze Quote: "We weren't just looking for a big back when we saw Akeem on film. We were looking for an all-around back with power, speed and ability to make moves in the open field. We saw all of that with Judd. It concerned us when he got hurt during the season, but we kept going back to his film and we never flinched on what we were seeing. We believe in him and think he will be a fine addition to our backfield. He's a mature football player who should be able to come in and make a mark quickly."
Signee Spotlight: Akeem Judd
Scout Rating: ***