Based on pure looks alone, the 6-foot-5, 270-pounder is one of the more imposing prospects in the state for 2015. Akamnonu, who wears a size 17 shoe, can deadlift 515 pounds, squat 465 pounds, and power-clean 275 pounds, Bowie head coach Danny DeArman told Scout.com.
That offer finally arrived from Texas last week and instantly changed the way he is looking at his recruitment. He'd originally told RaiderPower.com on April 24 that he had a top five of Kansas State, Baylor, Arizona State, Texas Tech and Missouri. But that's no longer the case after picking up UT, Oklahoma, and TCU offers in the same day.
"No top five anymore," he said. "But Texas, OU and TCU are in the top five for sure. Texas is going to be in my top 5. I used to follow them as a little kid, and I have a friend that goes to Texas next year [Edwin Freeman]. He didn't really talk to me about going to Texas but some people told me he would talk about me to Texas' coaches."
There's a lot to sell college programs on in relation to Akamnonu. He was one of the top linemen in attendance at the Dallas NFTC on April 5. That performance was one of the many reasons he jumped 33 spots from No. 83 in the state to No. 50 in the Scout.com Texas Hot 100, making him one of the highest-rated three-star prospect who are bordering on four-stars.
With the Longhorns, Sooners, and Horned Frogs offering Wednesday, Akamnonu now holds offers from six of 10 Big 12 programs: Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas, and Texas Tech.
He got confirmation of his Texas offer from UT offensive line/offensive coordinator Joe Wickline, who he has grown to appreciate.
"Coach Wickline is a pretty straightforward man," Akamnonu said. "He doesn't tell you anything to get your hopes up. He tells you how it is and that's what I like about him. He said that he sees really good potential in me and that I'll be a really good offensive tackle. That really said something to me because he is a regarded offensive line coach."
All of this attention is a bit of a surprise to Akamnonu but also welcomed.
"It is a relief because my parents don't have to worry about paying for college," he said. "It's a blessing because after all the hard work I've put in I'm starting to prosper from all the hard work and dedication."
Akamnonu said he'd like to commit prior to his senior season after taking visits with his parents. He's really intrigued by what type of business and engineering schools each university has to offer.
In the meantime, Akamnonu hopes that these offers will keep people from underestimating him because he isn't one of the largest offensive tackles out there.
"Me being a smaller offensive tackle people like to under-mind me because they think that I won't be able to hit," he said. "But I still come with a punch. I get off the ball quicker.
"They think they can muscle me and get an easy highlight reel. But then I pancake them or drive them to the sideline then they see I came to play."