Akem Piling Up Offers

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma linebacker Gyasi Akem is regarded as one of the top outside linebacker prospects in the nation.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma linebacker Gyasi Akem is piling up the offers nowadays. The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder was recently named a four-star prospect by FOXSportsNEXT.com and the No. 264 overall player in the country.

Already on the table are offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Clemson, Arkansas State, Houston, Washington St, Baylor, TCU, Ole Miss and Tennessee. Others such as Oregon State and UCLA are showing interest.

Akem said he began to receive strong interest from TCU earlier this year and received a verbal offer from new receivers coach Curtis Luper not long after.

The rising linebacker knows the Frogs have one of the top defenses in the country.

"They offered about a month ago and it was from Coach Luper," he said. "I know they're a private university. I know they were pretty good in the Big 12 last year and they had the best defense in the Big 12. They've been doing good for the past few years actually."

Akem has seen a couple of Big 12 schools up close already for junior days and has plans to see yet another one soon.

"The only junior days I've been to so far are OU and OSU," he said. "I have a Baylor visit scheduled but I can't remember the date right now."

At the moment, Akem doesn't have plans to visit TCU soon, but he hopes to fit in a trip to Ft. Worth if his busy schedule permits him to do so.

"I want to but I don't know how I'm going to schedule it with the busy schedule during the summer," Akem said.

With double-digit offers on the table, Akem hasn't set a timeline for when he'd like to make a decision. He currently lists no favorites, but knows what he's looking for in a program.

"I'm even with everyone," he said. "I'm looking at the football team first and see what defensive system they run. I'm looking at the coaching staff and see if I can build a good relationship with them. I'm also looking to see if the school has my major (criminal justice). I just want to see if I can see myself at a campus for the next, three, four or five years or whatever it takes."


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