Ole Miss recruiting is suffering due to the NCAA’s ongoing investigation into the football program. And some coaches believe the probe played a role in 5-star RB Cam Akers choosing Florida State.
According to ESPN’s Alex Scarborough, multiple coaches at both the high school and college levels believe Akers would have chosen the Rebels in years past. An anonymous SEC assistant told Scarborough that Ole Miss “would have surely signed” the No. 1 tailback before the investigation began.
John Perry, head coach at Pearl (Miss.) High, said the possibility of coming sanctions is something recruits consider, singling out Akers in particular.
“Everyone is in a quandary about what’s going to happen,” Perry said. “You can’t blame the athletes for second-guessing. Look at Cam Akers. ‘Are we going to go to a bowl game or not?’ That’s a natural question they’re asking themselves.”
Perry also said, “you know other folks are using that against them.”
Akers, from Clinton, Miss., committed to Florida State over the Rebels on Dec. 27.
The NCAA is still investigating alleged recruiting violations at Ole Miss extending back to 2012. During the 2016 NFL Draft, former Rebels LT Laremy Tunsil admitted to accepting money from coaches while at Ole Miss.
After bringing in top-20 recruiting classes from 2013-2016, the Rebels’ have the No. 51 class in the nation for 2017.
All ratings and rankings are from the 247Sports Composite.