SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Cam Akers committed to Florida State last week.
The nation’s No. 2 RB for the Class of 2017 seems like the only elite national prospect that did not commit to Kirby Smart’s new Georgia over the last month.
But it was closer for the nation’s No. 4 overall prospect than most might think. Akers discussed his decision with DawgNation on Monday on the first day of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl practices.
He’s going to Florida State and also said LSU was a close second. Akers described how close the schools were in the context of a 40-yard dash.
“FSU hit the 40 in a 4.41 and LSU hit it at a 4.42,” Akers said.
But what about Georgia? Well, Akers told DawgNation that a late decision or two kept Georgia from really having a major shot at him.
“I had great interest in Georgia,” Akers said. “It seemed like so many backs were coming and then Sony (Michel) and Nick (Chubb) when I found out they were both staying it kind of detoured me a little.”
I know what we are all thinking here. It’s one of those “what if” hypotheticals that make sportswriters have to do about 20 “up-downs” for but folks will still gobble up and read nonetheless.
“I am not going to say that I would have gone there,” Akers said. “But they would have been right there.”
Would Georgia have perhaps clocked a 4.43 in that race for Akers?
“Maybe,” Akers said. “Maybe a 4.41. Maybe a 4.4 flat.”
Akers was clearly impressed by the work that the #SICEM17 recruits have done on the recruiting trail for the coming years.
“They are definitely building a great team,” Akers said. “They are going to have a lot of young guys and a lot of dogs. Their offensive line with Netori (Johnson) and the rest are going to have some dogs up front, too. It would have been a good situation for me. Especially with the recruiting class this year that’s coming in. Oh my gosh. It is a lot of dudes. A lot of good dudes. A lot. Whew. Georgia is going to be very good very soon.”
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