ORIGINAL STORY

Cam Akers, the top-ranked running back in the 2017 recruiting class according to 247Sports.com, will announce his college choice Tuesday evening.

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The Clinton, Mississippi native has narrowed his choices down to six schools, including LSU. The Tigers represent one of five of schools from the Southeastern Conference in Akers' top six. The other school is Florida State, which is considered the favorite to land the 5-foot-11, 213-pound tailback, according to 247Sports.com 

Akers, a U.S. Army All-American and Mississippi's Gatorade Player of the Year, played quarterback at Clinton High, passing for 3,128 yards and 31 touchdowns in his senior year. He also ran for 2,105 yards and 34 touchdowns on the Arrows' path to a 6A state championship.

Akers is the No. 1 overall player in the state of Mississippi and the No. 3 overall player in the class of 2017.

LSU currently has only one running back committed to its 2017 class — Catholic High's Clyde Edwards-Helaire. On Monday, Edwards-Helaire, a four-star prospect, tweeted that he was reopening his recruitment but told The Advocate that he had been in contact with the LSU staff later that day. 

The Tigers will lose at least one of their five running backs that were on scholarship in 2016. Junior Leonard Fournette declared for the 2017 NFL Draft earlier this month and then announced that he would not be playing in LSU's appearance in the Citrus Bowl against Louisville on New Year's Eve.

Fournette has since signed with the agency Roc Nation Sports, ending his amateurism. He's no longer a part of the Tigers football program and can't travel with the team to Orlando for the Citrus Bowl.