Things have not gone well for Ole Miss football of late. A promising 2016 season collapsed into a 5-7 ruin, all while the menacing NCAA investigation plodded on in the background. The threat of impending punishment has handicapped Hugh Freeze on the recruiting trail—11 months after he inked a top 10 class, his 2017 class currently ranks 48th in the country and a distant last in the SEC West.
Desperately needed momentum could be pumped into Freeze’s program on Tuesday night, however. That’s when Cam Akers, the top running back prospect in the country, is set to make his college decision. In a 7 p.m. ceremony that will be streamed live on the High School Football Network, the top recruit in Mississippi will don a hat from a group that includes Ole Miss, Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee.
For what it’s worth, the 247Sports Crystal Ball projection has the ‘Noles in the lead, though it might actually be Coach O’s Tigers that provide the strongest out-of-state pull. Akers has repeatedly spoken about his about his close relationship with Orgeron, and Leonard Fournette’s departure would free up carries behind rising junior Derrius Guice, who himself is expected to leave for the draft in 2018.
Still, Ole Miss’ geographic proximity and long-standing relationship with Akers give the Rebels a very real shot to land the Clinton, Miss. star. Doing so would lend a dependable rushing threat to the offense of new coordinator Phil Longo, who, despite his reliance on Air Raid concepts, hopes to install a power spread that leans heavily on downhill running. It could also be a watershed moment for Freeze’s frail 2017 class, providing an example to other recruits who have been scared off by the NCAA.
You’ll be able to watch the announcement live online, and you don’t need a subscription to do so. Here are the deets:
How to watch online
Time: 7 p.m. CT
Free live stream: High School Football Network (you can even add a reminder notification to your calendar)
On your phone: Download the High School Football Network mobile app
And while we’re at it, here’s an Akers highlight reel to get you amped up.