By: USA TODAY High School Sports | October 12, 2016
As a freshman, Cam Akers played in the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl in San Antonio. It was then when he dreamed of making a trip back to the Alamodome years later for another game featuring many of the best football players in the country.
Akers’ vision was realized Wednesday.
The Clinton star received his honorary jersey for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which will be played on Jan. 7 in San Antonio. Akers’ jersey presentation was part of the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance.
“It’s a tremendous honor for me and my family, and the town of Clinton,” Akers said. “This was always something I wanted to do and to able to accomplish it is truly a blessing.”
Akers joins fellow Mississippians Morton wide receiver D.D. Bowie, who received his jersey on Tuesday, and Starkville linebacker Willie Gay, who got his last week.
“It’s just going out and competing against the best 100 players in the nation,” Akers said. “That’s what it’s all about, being able to compete at the highest level. At this point, that’s the highest level and I am just ready to compete.”
Akers may commit at the Army Bowl — if he knows where he wants to go by then, he said.
There is no shortage of attractive choices for Akers, the No. 1 rated player in Mississippi and the state’s only five-star football prospect. Akers is also rated as the No. 8 overall 2017 player in the country by the 247Sports Composite.
Akers will attend the Alabama-Tennessee game Saturday in Knoxville. His first official visit is set for Alabama on Oct. 22 when the Crimson Tide hosts Texas A&M. That is the only official visit Akers has locked in at this point.
Along with Alabama and Tennessee, Akers has been linked to Ole Miss, Florida State, Ohio State, Georgia and LSU. He has not ruled out any of those options — or any others, for that matter.
In regards to Ole Miss, his home state option, Akers said the Rebels’ staff has told him they would feature him heavily in the offense and that they would like him as an elite running back in their high-powered offense. Ole Miss is still in the midst of an NCAA investigation into its football program, however, and Akers said he will have to see how that plays out.
For now, he is dominating at the high school level for the undefeated Arrows (7-0) while playing quarterback. He will play running back at the Army Bowl and at the next level.
Akers has completed 73 of 115 passes for 1,480 yards with 14 touchdowns against three interceptions. He has also rushed for 778 yards and 14 touchdowns on 86 carries.
Clinton, which is ranked No. 1 in the Super 10, will host No. 8 Northwest Rankin (6-2), in what should be a good Region 2-6A game.
“We just see another ballgame because that’s how we have to approach it to be successful,” Akers said. “We know everybody is out for us because we have the target on our back and we don’t shy away from it because we want to live up to what we have been doing and want to continue to do it.”