NEW ORLEANS — Cam Akers de-committed from Alabama last month, but the Crimson Tide’s recruitment of the elite running back hasn’t stopped.
In fact, it may be better than it was when he called himself an Alabama commit.
“They continuously contact me, daily,” Akers told SEC Country at Nike’s “The Opening” regional in New Orleans on Sunday. “It’s not just me they are recruiting, either. They are always hitting up my mom to tell her to tell me to call them.”
Alabama isn’t the only school after the four-star prospect from Clinton, Miss., and there’s a good reason for that.
The 5-foot-11, 212-pounder absolutely obliterated the competition on Sunday en route to being named the camp’s overall MVP. His numbers mirrored those of an NFL prospect. He posted a 4.44 40-yard dash time, which would have been the third-fastest mark at this year’s NFL Combine. His 40.6-inch vertical jump would have placed him second.
It’s no wonder why Akers wouldn’t be worried about facing other competition at the school he chooses, even if Najee Harris, the No. 1-ranked player in the country, is committed to Alabama.
Though, Akers did say he would like to choose a school where it’s easier to get a starting role from the first time he steps on to the practice field.
“I want to see a great situation at the schools at running back,” Akers said. “I would like to possibly play as a freshman.”
Auburn, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Mississippi State were the schools Akers named when asked if any of the programs he is considering offered good opportunities to start immediately. He did not name Alabama.
Is that something Crimson Tide fans should worry about?
“No, not at all,” Akers said. “I don’t want to go to a school and be a workhorse, either. It’s good to have another running back there with you.”
Akers said the reason why he de-committed from Alabama was to reevaluate his recruitment to make sure he made the right decision. He made it clear that just because he backed off his pledge to the Crimson Tide, it doesn’t mean they’re out of the race.
“If they continue to recruit me hard and I feel like it’s the right decision for me then Alabama it is for me,” Akers said.
Akers is rated as the nation’s No. 3 running back and the No. 1 prospect in the state of Mississippi.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.