Which way is he leaning?

Even the CIA gets things wrong occasionally, and they're dealing with hard evidence like satellite photos, phone intercepts, and human intel. Imagine how much trouble they'd have reading the tea leaves of a teenaged football recruit?

Luverne O-Line prospect Chester Adams was quoted in a recent story as saying he was "shocked" by his visit to Georgia this past weekend. But is that good, bad or indifferent?

Ryan Jordan, who writes for TheInsiders.com is a professional, so obviously the quote is accurate. But what to infer from the word?

Adams went on to say of his trip to UGA this past weekend "I really did enjoy it. I would give it a good 9.5."

Of course with Bulldog football clearly on a roll and all of Georgia's colleges and schools basically awash in lottery money, what's not to like? Athens has always been a nice college town, and Georgia's recent success on the field, coupled with flush government coffers, means that all UGA athletes basically have whatever they could ask for.

But does that mean that Adams will choose the Dawgs?

Chester Adams blocks against Randolph County in the state championship game. (photo courtesy of AuTigers.com)

Maybe, maybe not.

One factor working in Georgia's favor is the personal history between Offensive Coordinator and O-Line Coach Neil Callaway and Adams' high school coach, Mike DuBose.

DuBose had plenty of reasons to be angry with plenty of his staff members during his ill-fated tenure at Alabama, but Callaway was loyal. More than a few of those assistants took their shots at DuBose in private conversations with the media, but not Neil.

Adams talked about his conversation with Callaway during his recent visit. "Coach Callaway was telling me how he would like to move Max Jean-Giles (a starting tackle for Georgia in 2003) to guard, and that I could come in and play tackle."

There's little doubt that DuBose would say positive things about Callaway. Tide fans are still bitter about the team's collapse in 2000, blaming the offensive line coach for part of the problem. But outside of some Tide partisans Callaway has a very good reputation as a position coach.

But again, will that be enough to tip things Georgia's way?

"(The visit to Georgia) was nice," Adams said, "But I'm not ready to name a leader yet."

Most recruits are careful not to talk too much about which school they cheered for as a child, reasoning correctly that it might scare off other offers. But Adams has acknowledged more than once that he grew up an Alabama fan.

So where will he end up? Again, that's not clear. But his comments following the Georgia trip might shed a little light.

"I like Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, and Southern Miss," Adams said. "I may make a decision after my 3rd visit, or I may wait until after my 4th visit. I don't know right now."

Adams visits Alabama (2nd visit) this weekend and Auburn (3rd visit) on the 23rd. He's scheduled to trip to Hattiesburg on the 30th.

With Antoine Caldwell, Justin Britt, B.J. Stabler, Cody Davis and Drew Davis already committed, the Tide coaches have achieved their goal of signing an outstanding offensive line group. But even though the class appears full in terms of O-Linemen, all indications are that a spot will be held for Adams--at least for a time.

The only question is whether it will be a guaranteed scholarship offer or a conditional grayshirt, which may or may not hold some insight into why Adams hasn't yet made his decision.

Adams is a big, mobile athlete capable of playing either guard or tackle on offense. (photo courtesy of Mickey Welsh and the Montgomery Advertiser)

Like him or not, Mike DuBose knows how the recruiting game is played. And there is little doubt that he is doing his job and advising Adams during this process.

Adams' name is prominent among Bama's long list of official visitors this weekend. If the coaches see what they want to see--and Adams hears what he wants to hear--then a decision could come quickly.

RECRUITING NOTES: Alabama is allowed to bring in 19 new scholarshipped players this fall. The Tide is expected to sign as many as 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.

Read all of the recent recruiting stories on Alabama recruits from TheInsiders.com.

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