October 28, 2009

Akins surprised by Jacket offer

Georgia Tech coaching staff has been very stingy in terms of giving out new offers since the 2009 football season began, but one player impressed them enough to pull the trigger. Union Grove athlete Jordan Akins received a surprise offer from the Jackets last week.

The Jackets are recruiting Akins as a quarterback, but he could also end up at receiver.

"I was shocked at first," Akins said about the offer. "I was very excited. They offered me as a quarterback. They told me that they like what they have seen from both the quarterback and receivers coach and they just had to show Coach Johnson."

Akins' teammate defensive end Anthony Williams is already committed to the Jackets and Georgia Tech is at the top of 2011 safety Avery Walls list as well. Current Jacket linebackers Kyle Jackson and Steven Sylvester also came out of the Union Grove program. All of those connections are playing a role in Akins' recruitment in his mind.

"I like the offer and I am very interested in them. I know a lot of people that go to Georgia Tech from Union Grove, so that really changed my outlook on things," he said.

Williams has been making a pitch for the Jackets to Akins.

"Anthony has talked to me about playing with him at Georgia Tech," Akins said. "He has been making little jokes about it. We talked a lot and he was excited for me when I got the offer."

Akins does not have a clear favorite yet, but he has a few schools that have stood out to him so far during the recruiting process.

"I like Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, Western Kentucky and Connecticut," he said. "I have a lot of options. I am pretty open."

Playing baseball is important to Akins and that is a consideration with both the Jackets and the Rebels who have elite baseball programs.

"I like Georgia Tech's fans and I have not been to Ole Miss yet, but they have a great baseball team," he said. "I like the culture of Western Kentucky and the coaching staff."

Akins plans to take four official visits in the next few months before making a final decision.

"I want to go to LSU, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss and Georgia," he said. "I will leave the last one open."

Akins feels like a pair of SEC schools may pull the trigger on an offer soon as well.

"I think Auburn is close to offering and Georgia as well," he said.

Last week, Union Grove dropped their first game of the season to Stephenson and Akins feels like he was able to help the team in one facet of the game.

"I think I blocked pretty well," he said. "I did not get the ball in my hands like I wanted to. I played pretty well and we could have won if we spread the ball around and got more plays

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