/Payton, Dupree, Norwood, McAllister, Johns – and now Akers

Payton, Dupree, Norwood, McAllister, Johns – and now Akers

These eyes have never seen Cam Akers, Clinton’s 17-year old wunderkind and high school football player, better than Cam Akers. I was able to see him in person here on Thursday night. Akers led the Clinton Arrows to victory over South Panola, the traditional Magnolia State powerhouse, with three touchdowns and two more runs. Akers ran for 180 yards. Akers completed 14 of 22 passes, for 272 yards. This is 452 yards and five touchdowns. This is against the University of South Panola. This was against some talented, big, fast players. This was on the road. Yes. And when Clinton needed a defensive stop, Akers stepped in to the secondary. Like all great players, the numbers are not enough to show the whole picture. Akers has the power and speed of Norwood and Akers’ shiftiness and speed. This is why many college recruiters and all other recruiting services see him as a running back. He doesn’t often acknowledge the first guy he hits. He doesn’t even pause or hitch his way through any potential tackler. He then runs through the open field without a hitch or pause, and then he dodges any defenders. The best part? He can throw it. He can throw a tight spiral. It can be spun by him, according to the local lingo. He can also spin it while running. Akers could run in both college football and the NFL. He could, however, play quarterback in today’s big-time college football’s hurry-up offenses. He could. He’s only 5-foot-11 tall, but he’s nearly as tall as Russell Wilson, and he has won a Super Bowl. Lance Pogue, 47 years old, is the winner of five state championships as well as one national championship at South Panola. Pogue has coached many great players, more than any other person will ever be able to see. Pogue stated that Akers won a Heisman Trophy tonight. Pogue stated that Akers was “single-handedly the difference.” When asked where Akers fit in Mississippi’s extraordinary pantheon, Pogue replied: “I’m not going just to come out and say that he is the best high school football player in Mississippi history but I’m not going to claim that he is not.” He is a great player. He is strong and fast. He’s also tough. It was extremely hot tonight, and players were vomiting and becoming dehydrated. He was not. Akers was the most active player in the team and just seemed to be getting stronger every day. Akers has a strong supporting cast. Darious Mayberry, cornerback/tailback, is a great play. Kameron White, safety/wide receiver, is a star both on the defensive and offensive sides. While it remains to be determined if the Arrows can defend well enough to win the state championship, there are no other states in Mississippi that will have as many playmakers. The South Panola Tigers are young and talented, but they’re not your typical South Panola team. They’re not the typical South Panola powerhouse, but they could be by the season’s end. Pogue said that he likes his team and will be resigning from South Panola at the end of this season. “Our goal was to be there by November, and I believe we have a chance.” We will see. We know this: Clinton will be there, unless Cam Akers is killed. He is truly, really, very special. The best high school football player in Mississippi? They have never seen a better player. Cam Akers is sure to be in the first sentence._x000D