Akines Ready To Roll At NW Miss

After spending his whole life in Mississippi, safety Fred Akines (6-3, 205) will spend one more year in the Magnolia State, and if all goes as he hopes, he'll make a return to the SEC, but outside of Mississippi.

"I want to get out of state," said Akines.  "I've been here all my life.  I want to go and discover the world a little more, but I want to stay in the south.  I still want to be in the SEC."

Akines prepped at Clarksdale High in Mississippi then signed with Mississippi State in February of 2004 as a part of Sylvester Croom's first Bulldogs class.

He redshirted the 2004 season and moved from safety to linebacker for the 2005 season.  However, Akines was removed from the team so he is now at NW Mississippi College.

Set to begin his redshirt sophomore season, Akines already has an offer from Louisville and is hearing from LSU, Memphis, Ole Miss and Georgia.

"I have to show myself this year," said Akines.  "I don't think many schools know that I'm here.  I want to go to Georgia or LSU.  I want to stay in the SEC but I just want to get out of the state this time."

Akines said he would be able to leave in December and be set to participate in spring ball wherever he choses.

"I will graduate in December and be somewhere in the winter.  I'll have two years to play two," said Akines.  "I'm staying at free safety though.  Me being a 2-year guy, I want to come in and get a fresh start and I want to play in the fall of 2007."

Akines said by the middle of the season, he'd like to make his choice.  And he's yearning to return back to SEC football.

"I dressed out (with Mississippi State) and got a chance to travel with the team," said Akines.  "I loved it."


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