Is Adams still in the picture?

Luverne's Chester Adams emerged by the end of the season as one of the top line recruits in the state. He now claims offers from several major Southern schools, including Alabama.

Frankly overweight as a junior, Adams wasn't that highly regarded heading into his final prep season. But new Luverne Head Coach Mike DuBose quickly recognized Adams' potential, and the two worked through spring and summer to get the youngster into shape.

This past season Chester Adams (6-6, 315, 5.1) competed at 315 pounds, which represented a big improvement from the 350-pounds-plus of the previous year.

"My quickness with my feet got a lot better this year," Adams told Mark Murphy of in an interview earlier this week. "I got a lot better at my pass sets."

During the season DuBose maintained essentially a recruiting publicity blackout on his team, leading them to a runner-up finish in the Class 2A state playoffs. "I know we didn't come out with the big prize, but what a way to end it at the state championship game," Adams commented.

Now that the season is done, Adams has garnered his share of attention. He claims offers from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Southern Miss and has scheduled official visits to all four schools.

Chester Adams could project at several line positions. (photo by Mickey Welch, courtesy of the Montgomery Advertiser)

Adams will visit Georgia this weekend and Alabama the next. He is then scheduled to finish up with trips to Auburn (1-23) and Southern Miss (1-30).

Alabama's coaches are happy with the timing. January 17th the Tide hosts archrival Auburn in men's basketball, and that weekend promises to be Bama's major official visit group of the recruiting season. Most of the Tide's currently committed players will be there either officially or unofficially, and Alabama will definitely put its best foot forward to impress Adams.

In his interview Murphy asked Adams to comment on Alabama. "There are lot of down to earth people there who tell you how it is," Adams said of Tuscaloosa. "I really like that. They are going to be honest with you and tell you what you need to work on and what you are strong at."

Rumors abound in recruiting, and Adams put to rest the story that he had already decided to sign with the Tide. "That is not true, but a lot of people have been been asking me, ‘Have you committed to Alabama?' I just tell them, ‘No, I haven't.'"

Thought of mainly as an offensive lineman, Adams could handle guard or tackle. "I think I can play either position," he said in the interview this week.

Interestingly, if Antoine Caldwell commits to Alabama tomorrow as most predict, then the Tide's O-Line class may be essentially full. Stellar prospects Justin Britt, B.J. Stabler, Cody Davis and Drew Davis have already committed to sign with Alabama.

But Adams' versatility may guarantee a spot would be available, if he wants it. He played defense exclusively as a 10th grader, and this season he often played both ways for Luverne, handling the defensive tackle position on Luverne's stop unit.

Georgia and Auburn fans may logically assume that DuBose would try to steer Adams Bama's way, but indications are that is not at all what is happening. DuBose, who was fired as head coach of his alma mater several years back, has not been overly negative toward the Tide, but he has not gone out of his way to be entirely positive either.

In an interview last October with Tim Gayle of the Montgomery Advertiser, Adams said he grew up an Alabama fan. But in his interview this week with Mark Murphy he said that he is open in regard to his college choice with no current favorite.

Adams blocks in the state championship game against Randolph County. (photo courtesy of

According to Murphy's interview, Adams says his academics are in order. He went on to say that a winning program and the chance for early playing time will be major factors in his decision.

RECRUITING NOTES: Alabama is allowed to bring in 19 new scholarshipped players this fall. The Tide is expected to sign from 22-24 players in February, anticipating that several will not become qualified. It's also possible that one or more players may be asked to delay entry into The University until the following January, counting against 2005 scholarship numbers, depending on how qualifying issues play out.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Mark Murphy of contributed to this report.

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