After hosting some of the nation’s best running backs this weekend for UGA’s Dawg Night prospect camp, the Bulldogs sent out an offer to one of them on Monday.
Cam Akers, a 4-star recruit from Clinton, Miss., is ranked as the sixth best running back in the class of 2017.
Akers said UGA assistant coach Thomas Brown told him that he is one of two main priorities at tailback next season.
“I am one of the two running backs that they want in next year’s class,” Akers told the AJC. “He told me that he liked my size and that I have a low center of gravity. He just said that he wants me a lot.”
The 5-foot-11, 210-pounder worked out at UGA’s Dawg Night alongside a star-studded cast of elite running backs that included Woodward Academy’s Elijah Holyfield, Anthony McFarland from Maryland and Devwah Whaley from Texas. Out of the 2017 running backs that worked out at Dawg Night, Akers thinks he was the best.
“I think – in my opinion – I was the best one there in my class. I ran routes and the caught the ball well. I tested well. Overall, I think I was the best one there.”
Akers ran a 4.41 in the 40-yard dash, had a 39-inch vertical and a 10.5 feet broad jump. He calls himself a do-it-all type of running back.
“I’m a versatile back. I can break tackles and bowl people over. I can also get around the edge and outrun defenders. A lot of people don’t think I’m fast, but I think I am and I ran a really good 40 time at Georgia.”
UGA is still searching for a running back for its 2016 class, and the Bulldogs appear to have settled upon Holyfield as the top target. Holyfield is a 4-star who has Auburn, Alabama and UGA among his leaders. He’s the son of boxing great Evander Holyfield.