One of the best players at the NIKE Camp at State College, Pa. has committed to the UConn Huskies. Who is he?
When watching offensive center Joe Akers at State College, Pa., his one-on-one battle with five-star defensive end Melvin Alaeze stood out. The 6-foot-1, 315-pounder was the only lineman able to stay with Alaeze.
"I think that camp really helped me," said Akers. "It showed a lot of people that I can play. There were questions I'm sure about my height and how tall I actually am and if I could play at that level and that camp answered them."
Akers was also a standout at UConn's camp recently. After his visit to Storrs, Conn. he and his father talked things over and decided that he would commit.
"I liked the way the camp was run, the way they worked with me and the attention I got," he said. "They were the first big school to offer me, but that wasn't why I committed. I snapped about 25-30 shotgun snaps to coach Edsall and I really liked my recruiting coach, coach Ambrose. It felt like a family and I liked that."
Akers was also getting interest from Florida, Marshall, Boston College, Syracuse, Virginia and Ohio State.
"I think I could still get a few offers, but I'm happy with UConn," he said. "It's a great fit for me and they play a very good schedule. I like the area, the campus, the coaches and everything about it."
Akers was named all-state during his sophomore and junior seasons. He was also named all-county, all-district and all-metro.