The Clinton (Miss.) High School sophomore is a Scout four-star prospect and considered by many to be the Magnolia State’s premier offensive playmaker in the 2017 class.
Akers first started hearing from running backs coach Robert Gillespie in late October. A scholarship offer arrived quickly.
“For it (the offer) to be Tennessee is even bigger because I always liked Tennessee,” Akers told InsideTennessee. “It just means a lot.
“I just like their playing style, the way the run the ball and the way they use their athletes. I just like the way they play.”
A trip to Knoxville came to fruition in November and Akers got a chance to sit down with program leader Butch Jones.
“He was a nice guy,” Akers said of the head coach. “He’s built a great coaching staff and a great team at the University of Tennessee. I’m just glad to get an offer from them.”
Akers was able to put a face with a name, spending time around Gillespie, who is a Hattiesburg, Mississippi, native.
“He’s a real fun dude to be around,” Akers said. “He’s always making jokes and obviously as a coach, he coaches well and he recruits well. So, I like him.”
A crowd of 95,821 included Akers when Tennessee hosted Missouri that same late November weekend.
“It was a great atmosphere,” Akers said. “The fans were real involved. I liked the way they played, and I had a good time.
“Before the game I got a chance to go sightseeing a little bit and early (the next) morning I did too.”
|Tennessee running backs coach Robert Gillespie|
The compliment on the crowd presence doesn’t come from a rookie spectator. Akers also saw Mississippi State face both Alabama and Texas A&M, as well as being on hand to watch the Vols play Ole Miss in Oxford.
Against the eventual Southeastern Conference Eastern Division champions, the Volunteers gained 102 yards on the ground.
“I think they ran the ball pretty good,” Akers said. “Running with a young team, they’re just learning from what they’re doing, learning from their mistakes. They ran the ball pretty good to me.”
Akers, who compares his running style to Arian Forster, Frank Gore and Adrian Peterson, is part of a 2017 class of runners targeted by Tennessee that includes prospects such as Michael Carter, Ty Chandler and Chase Hayden.
The early work done by coaches paired with an enjoyable unofficial visit have the Vols in a spot to potentially gain a commitment from the 5-foot-10, 208-pounder.
“They do, most definitely they do,” Akers said. “I like the school and I like the campus a lot. They have a good chance to get me.”
Tennessee is set to have its “Elite Camp” the weekend of June 18. Akers plans to be in attendance.
Akers ran the show for the Clinton offense at quarterback, passing for 1,800 yars with 20 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also carried the football 166 times for 896 yards with 17 more TDs.
Other schools with offers on the table include Georgia Tech, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.