Akers appreciates Tennessee's 'great staff'

Tennessee continues to court Mississippi's top running back in the 2017 class.

Cam Akers committed to Alabama in August of 2015 and hasn't wavered in his pledge. That hasn't stopped other schools from continuing to court him, though, including Tennessee. As the Vols look to beef up their running back corps for the 2017 class, Akers' name continues to garner plenty of attention from the coaching staff.

"It's still a firm commitment," Akers told InsideTennessee of his commitment to the Crimson Tide. "A lot of teams have still been trying to recruit me pretty hard, but it's still a firm commitment." 

Programs like Georgia, Florida State, Ohio State and Ole Miss have joined Tennessee in heavily recruiting the Scout four-star running back, who dazzles with his long, rumbling runs at Clinton (Miss.) High School. The class of 2017 prospect stays in contact with Vols running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Robert Gillespie, who has developed a close relationship with his potential prospect.

"What he tells me is a little classified," Akers said with a laugh. "He talks about how they really want me. They think I'll be a premier back there, like another Jalen Hurd. He just recruits me." 

The No. 1-rated running back in the Magnolia State appreciates what Tennessee's coaching staff tells him and the friendly nature that permeates throughout the locker room. 

"I wouldn't say any school outweighs another," Akers said of the programs still after him. "I definitely do like Tennessee and I definitely have a great relationship with coach Robert Gillespie and coach Butch Jones and Tennessee in general. They're a great staff. They recruit real well and they're a lovable staff. I love Tennessee. I wouldn't say they're above anybody, but I definitely love them, though."  

Despite his high praise for the Vols, Akers doesn't have a Tennessee visit on the horizon. The Scout 100 player has a tentative trip to LSU planned for Saturday and will head to Georgia on Feb. 27 and Ohio State on his spring break. The upcoming visits, however, haven't shaken his commitmen to Nick Saban and Alabama.

"I felt at home there," Akers said. "My parents thought it was a good situation for me. It was just the right thing for me to do. Derrick Henry just won the Heisman and he's being drafted, and they run a pro-style offense. That's a good situation for me." 

Akers, who's being recruited as a running back at the next level, has a unique perspective on the position. The No. 2-ranked running back in the South Region plays quarterback for Clinton, which allows him to garner knowledge that will help him in college that many backs may not have the opportunity to acquire.

"It helps me out with my football IQ overall," Akers told IT. "I get to read coverages and learn coverages. I get to learn a lot of things that running backs wouldn't be focused on, like coverages like that. I get to learn and take that to the running back position." 

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