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5-Star RB Cam Akers arrive at the Pearl (Miss.) satellite camp with an announcement date in mind.

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There's been a lot written about the pros and cons of the satalite camps. Pearl was another pit stop for many of the colleges hosting, including the school who has brought this issue to light.

"I came out here so I could personaly meet coach Jim harbaugh," Akers said. "That's really why I came. I didn't really particpate in a lot of stuff. I did some one-on-ones, and a few drills, but it was more about me meeting coach Harbaugh."

What was Scout's No. 23 overall ranked players impression of the Michigan head coach?

"He's definitley a real active guy. He's definitley a good guy and a guy that can handle his business and have fun at the same time."

Cam has not had a whole lot of conversation about the satalite camps from the SEC coaches.

"I'm not going to say the approve of it, but I'm not going to say that they are really worried about it. It was something that was overuled so I don't think they really have much control over it."

How did the coversation go with the Michigan head coach?

"I definitley can talk to him. He's a real family oriented guy. I have a good relationship with coach (Tyrone) Wheatley as well. They are personable guys. I don't want to go into a situation where it's all business. I want a family oriented situaiion and defentily seeing that side of coach Harbaugh was something I wanted to see.""

What signal did it send to Cam to bring the Michigan head and running back coaches down to Mississippi to hold a camp near Cam?

"It defenitley means a lot. I think he set the camp here to put Mississippi on the map. It really means a lot for him to set up a camp down here in Mississippi, of all places."

Cam released his top ten recently. It consisted of Ole Miss, Tennessee, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Cal, Alabama, FSU, Auburn, and Ohio State. What next?

"I'm going to really evalaute those schools and take some time out to take some visits and then I'll probably cut it down to six this summer."

Some insiders around the state of Mississippi believe the Rebels could have the inside track. Cam has taken his family with him to Ole Miss a few times in the past couple of months, including a recent trip to Oxford a couple weekends back. They are the only instate school to make the final list.

"Coach (Derrick) Nix is like a second father to me," Akers said at the last Ole Miss camp he attended. "He takes care of me. He comes and visits and watches my practices. He just shows a lot of interest in me and has a great relationship with my family as well Coach Nix just makes me always feel wanted. They have a great academic school up there too. I always get that homey feeling when I'm up there. Football wise, I just like their offense. I like the way they run their running backs and how they get the ball in their playmakers hands. It's a real explosive offense."

Where will Cam visit next?

""I'm going back to Auburn this weekend on my way to the 5-Star Rivals camp. I have Tennessee and FSU next weekend. I have Ohio State sometime in July."

What are going to be the main factors in his decision?

"Of course tradition at running back. I'm looking at an explosive offense, also. I'm looking for a school that recruits my family. I'm a real family oriented type of person. I'm not looking to go to a school that it's just all business. I'm going to be up there for three or four years. I have to have a vibe with the coaches I'm going to be playing under."

How big of a factor is to stay home and represent Mississippi?

"Mississippi State did not make my top ten, but Ole Miss did. You know I love my state, but I'm just taking it a day at a time. A lot of people pressure me to go to State or Ole Miss, but most of the people support me a 100%. I'm just taking it one day at a time."

A decision date has been set.

"I'm going to announce at the Army All-Ameircan bowl in January, and I'll cut my list down to 5 or 6 schools at the end of the summer."

Akers had over 3,700 yards and 37 touchdowns as a junior playing quarterback.

Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com

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