Draft Zone Spotlight: James Ackel, FS, Adams State
James Ackel has been training with Jeff Garcia, Rod Smith and Leonard Russell and has been more impressive than many players they have trained. This kid is a true Diamond in the Rough. He is a playmaker when around the ball, and is not afraid to put his hat on someone. I love this kids tenacity and he could easily be a person that enters a camp and never leaves. Keep an eye on this division 2 standout. He isn’t just an “in the box” type safety. James is also productive. He started 44 out of 44 games at Adams State and compiled 350 tackles, 12 INTs, 12 FFs, 35 passes defended, & 10 TDs during his career.
How many teams were recruiting you coming out of high school and how did you make your decision?
-A few teams were recruiting me out of high school. San Diego State was primarily interested in me at first. They had a coaching change and lost interest in me. A few D1AA’s and D’2s were offering me after that. My best friend in...