He’s spent his high school career earning titles such as Dandy Dozen, Gatorade Player of the Year, U.S. Army All-American and State Champion, and on Tuesday night, Clinton’s Cam Akers added one more title to his resume.
At the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in front of family, friends and national press, the number one running back in the state announced he is officially committing to FSU and plans to early-enroll this January for the spring semester.
“I’ll be spending the next three or four years of my career at Florida State University,” Akers said to rousing applause.
After committing to Alabama in August of 2015 then decommitting just 7 months later, Akers, a five-star recruit, has been courted by several top-tier teams looking to add his talents to their programs.
After receiving close to two-dozen scholarship offers, Akers cut his interests down to ten schools, then six: Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Alabama, Florida State and Tennessee.
“Florida State was just the best situation for me and my family,” Akers said. “I know it’s a place where I can get in and make an impact as long as I do what needs to be done.”
Balancing his role as a leader and quarterback for the 6A State Champion Arrows along with the exciting recruiting process, Akers knew this decision was fast approaching, but his first priority was winning the MHSAA 6A State Championship.
Clinton Head Football Coach Judd Boswell said Akers’s dedication to his teammates was second to none. “Cam is a phenomenal player and has been dedicated to this team since he started for us his freshman year,” Boswell said. “He’s shown that he’s not only a great player, but he’s also an incredible person. We certainly know his future is special.”
The senior quarterback led the Arrows (14-1) to their first state championship by defeating the Pearl Pirates 49-35. Akers was responsible for all seven touchdowns, rushing for five and throwing for two.
He racked up an overwhelming 445 total yards, accumulating 3128 passing yards and 2105 rushing yards to total 5233 all-purpose yards to close out his senior year.
At the start of the season, Akers was named to the Clarion-Ledger’s 2016 Dandy Dozen, and has earned several other titles during his championship campaign.
He was named a CBS Sports All-American, USA Today All-American and the Mississippi Gatorade Player of the Year. He was also chosen to participate in the 2017 U.S. Army All-American Bowl where he has been named as one of the six finalists for the 2017 U.S. Army Player of the Year.
Akers was named the 2016 MHSAA 6A Mr. Football, 2016 SES Mr. Elite and was named to the 2016 MS Gridiron All-State Team. He was also awarded his second consecutive BankPlus Blitz 16 Player of the Year Award.
Akers is the son of Conni Akers and Willie and Angela Michael Neal.