Jordan Akins is at it again.
Union Grove’s two-sport star and Class of 2010 recruit managed to sneak into the season under college football radar. But his early-season performances aren’t going to allow him remain long in obscurity.
With regular quarterback Ty Moore out this week, the 6-foot-4, 192-pound wide receiver started under center against Ola this past Friday. All Akins did was in his debut was rush for 142 yards on nine carries, run for two touchdowns, complete 5-of-8 passes for 74 yards and throw for another score in the Wolverines’ 35-6 victory.
Moore returns to action this week against Stockbridge. So does coach Steven Collins have a quarterback controversy brewing?
“Put it this way: There will be a package for Jordan under center and there will be a package for him at wide receiver,” said Collins, who said Moore will start. “He’s very Vince Young-like when he’s back there at quarterback. Very rangy and strong with a lot of play-making ability. We have to put the ball in hands 15 to 20 times a game however we can.”
Akins entered the season in relative obscurity after leaving Union Grove after his sophomore year and attending Strong Rock Christian Academy as a junior. Then he almost singlehandedly defeated Alabama powerhourse Vigor in a scrimmage on Aug. 22. Now he’s followed it up with a breakout performance in a regular-season game.
“When I went to Strong Rock, I didn’t really go by choice,” Akins said. “My Mom wanted me to go. So there weren’t really any scouts or anybody watching me play.”
Akins returned to Union Grove last spring and Ole Miss saw enough of him to offer a scholarship. LSU has talked to him about possibly playing both sports in college. He’s gotten letters from Wake Forest, Indiana and some smaller schools. He has talked to Georgia Tech recruiters and went on an unofficial visit to The Flats. UGA still hasn’t called.
It may be just as well. Akins said his preference is to become a professional baseball player. He is actually better known to professional baseball scouts as a strong-armed, big-hitting right-fielder.
“Yes, sir, I’d rather go for baseball,” said Akins, who plays summer ball for the Big Stick Gamers of Elite Sports. “If I focus and really dedicate myself to baseball I think I can become a top 10 or 20 pick.”
As for his football talents, Akins said they’re as much as surprise to him as anybody.
“I didn’t really realize my talent,” he said.
Neither did a lot of people.