Cam Akers, the nation's top-ranked running back prospect according to and one LSU's top targets, has verbally committed to Florida State, he announced Tuesday night at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in Jackson, Mississippi. 

Along with the Tigers, Akers chose the Seminoles over Ole Miss, Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama. Florida State was considered the favorite to land the 5-foot-11, 213-pound tailback from Clinton, Mississippi, according to

"(Florida State) was just the best situation for me and my family," Akers said in an interview with the High School Football Network. "All around, I never wanted to go too far away from home. It's not that far. It's a great situation for me. I just fit the program well." 

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 also extended an offer to four-star running back Travis Etienne, he announced on Twitter earlier Tuesday. Etienne, a Jennings High product, later tweeted that he would take his official visit to LSU on Jan. 27. The 5-foot-11, 210-pound tailback also has visits to Tennessee and Texas A&M scheduled for Jan. 13 and Jan. 20, respectively. 

Etienne is the No. 16 running back in the 2017 class and the No. 8 player from Louisiana. 

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.