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Friday Night Highlights: Cam Akers trucked a dude, Willie Gay threw up the fin

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Every week we’ll take a look at how Ole Miss commits and targets perform in their high school games.

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A week after ripping a hole through South Panola’s defense, five-star running back prospect Cam Akers did the same to Ridgeland during a 56-14 beatdown last Friday. If you’re going to attempt to tackle the 5’11, 213-pounder (who plays QB for Clinton (Miss.) High but ranks as the country’s No. 2 running back prospect), you better bring the wood. Otherwise, you end up like this poor guy.

The Crystal Ball currently favors Ohio State, but we still think the likelihood of him leaving the state is slim. Hugh Freeze could sure use some pop like that in his backfield.

Next game: Friday, September 2, 7 p.m. CT at Brandon (Miss.)

Here are his full highlights from the game:

4-star Willie Gay showed out in the Little Egg Bowl

Gay and his teammates made their way north to Oxford last week and came away with a 28-16 win, improving them to 2-0 on the young season. The 6’2, 215-pound Ole Miss commit was all over the place all night, recording nine tackles and two pass breakups. He even flashed a Landshark to coach Hugh Freeze, who was in attendance.

“I had to throw it up here, you know,” Gay told the Oxford Citizen after the game. “I had to get it in. To get the Little Egg Bowl is huge. It’s been in Starkville now three years in a row. We had to keep it going.”

Despite all the drama surrounding Gay’s commitment, he insists that he’s solid.

“It was fun to make plays in front of the Oxford crowd knowing that I’m going to Ole Miss next year,” he said. “Actually, it was just great to get a win up here. It was a game until the end. The offense put it in there. We sealed the deal.”

Freeze and Co. have really struggled to land those big-time croots at the second level on defense and the need for impact linebackers could be something that’s peaked Gay’s interest.

Next game: Friday, September 2, 7 p.m. CT vs. West Point (Miss.)

4-star Jerrion Ealy is making a name for himself.

The Jackson Prep running back burst onto the scene as a freshman in 2015 and he doesn’t appear to have intentions of slowing down any time soon. The 2019 star ran for 12 touchdowns as a freshman and he has already rushed for seven in two games this season. Derrick Nix and Ole Miss already extended an offer to the 5’9, 171-pound speedster and he’ll be their No. 1 in-state target for the 2019 class.

Next game: Friday, September 2, 7 p.m. CT at Cathedral (Miss.)