Offensive guard Joe Akers has been rated as one of the top linemen in Maryland for quite some time, but more recently he's seen his stock rise dramatically.
The 6-foot-2, 315-pound prospect from Parkton (Md.) Hereford was one of the top players at the recent NIKE Camp at Happy Valley. Against some of the top talent around, and in front of many coaches and analysts, Akers showed why he'll be one to watch for months in the recruiting process.
"I feel like I did a good job," said Akers. "I needed to come up with a good performance to boost my stock and I think I did that. Most schools are probably going to want to moniter me at some more summer camps or even into my senior season, but a lot of schools are showing interest in me now. Penn State, Marshall, Pittsburgh, Ohio State and a lot of others have told me they're thinking about offering me either soon or down the road."
Akers runs the 40-yard dash in 5.1 seconds and isn't the strongest or fastest player at his position. But he has a great work ethic, nice technique and stays on his blocks -- assets that are sure to impress college offensive line coaches.
"I'm basically just waiting for offers right now," he said. "There aren't any schools that I know I'd just commit to if they offered, but it would be tempting. I'm going to be patient and take my time."