In this day and age of 24/7, 365-days-a-year college football recruiting coverage, it’s hard to run across much in the way of a “sleeper” prospect. But it appears that Union Grove might just have one.
Jordan Akins doesn’t have a profile on Rivals.com. He has one on Scout.com but there is no information beyond his [incorrect] height and weight, his high school and a reference that he is supposedly being pursued by Central Florida. But that low-key profile is likely to change after this past weekend.
Akins is a 6-foot-4, 192-pound wide receiver/defensive back who also plays some quarterback for the Union Grove Wolverines. He kind of got lost in the shuffle when he left Union Grove after his sophomore year to attend Strong Rock Christian Academy. He came back to Union Church for this, his senior, year.
This past Saturday Union Grove held a scrimmage game against Alabama powerhouse Vigor High School. The Wolverines won 12-9 and, from all accounts, Akins was the best athlete on the field. That’s saying something against Vigor, which went 15-0 and won the state championship last year, as it has many other years
“He’s under the radar but he won’t be for long,” Union Grove coach Steven Collins said. “If they look at the film I’m about to send out from this scrimmage, he’ll get D-1 offers right and left. And they won’t need to see him at a camp or anything like that. He’s a definite D-1 prospect at receiver.”
It was as both a receiver and a quarterback that Akins so impressed this past Saturday. On one series, Akins almost singlehandedly led the Wildcats on a scoring drive. Starting at their own 20, Akins carried the ball three times for 45 yards on option keepers. On the next play, he faked a handoff and reportedly threw the ball 60 yards in the air on a bomb. The pass wasn’t completed but defensive pass interference was called.
Collins said Akins then came out of the game to get a drink of water and catch his breath before going back in at wide receiver. On his first play back in the game he scored about a 20-yard touchdown on a fade pattern. The pass was delivered by regular quarterback Ty Moore.
“The only thing I have to figure out now is how to get him to throw a pass to himself,” Collins quipped.
Akins also dominated as a safety on defense and returned two punts for over 40 yards.
Here’s the rub: Akins’ primary sport is baseball. He’s a big-hitting, strong-armed right fielder that has been invited to some ESPN prospect camps and is being recruited for baseball by LSU. Collins thinks there is a chance Akins could be an early-round draft pick next June.
In the meantime, Union Grove plans to have some fun with Akins as a football player. He’ll start at quarterback Friday night in the season opener against Ola. Moore is having to sit out.
“Once this film gets out I suspect he’ll get a lot of football offers,” Collins said. “He should. If he can lock down a scholarship that should help him with baseball. Who knows? He could play both in college.”