The Boston College Eagles are in the market for a few good running backs and cornerbacks this recruiting season. They just landed someone who can play both.
"I committed to BC after the first session of camp," said 6-foot-2, 185-pounder Kevin Akins from Lansdale (Pa.) North Penn. "They are recruiting me as a running back and cornerback. I don't care what I play, as long as I can get on the field."
Akins, who ran a 4.5-second 40-yard dash at the NIKE Camp at Penn State, impressed the BC staff with his shuttle time.
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"I ran like a 4.3-second 20-yard shuttle (it was actually a 4.2 and a 4.09 in his two runs) so they liked that I guess," he said. "At NIKE I ran a 4.1 flat in the shuttle and jumped 33 inches in the vertical."
As a junior, Akins rushed for 1,500 yards and eight touchdowns while amassing 200 more yards through the air with five more scores. On defense, he made an estimated 35 tackles with four pass deflections.
"I got burnt a couple of times on defense, but that happens to everyone and it wasn't often," said Akins, who has great size for a cornerback. "My change of direction is one of the reasons schools like BC and Penn State were recruiting me for defense and offense."
So why BC?
"I loved the school, the area and the coaches were cool," he said. "The academics they offer are also top-notch and my recruiting coach (Jason Swepson) was very cool."
Akins was also being recruited by Penn State, West Virginia (offer), Pitt, Virginia, Syracuse (offer), UConn (offer) and others.