Adams attracting Pac-12 attention

Westlake Village Oaks Christian was one of the premier high school programs in Southern California last season. One of the standouts on that 12-2 squad was RB/DB Ishmael Adams who these days is receiving some deserving recruiting attention. Arizona State was the latest program to offer the Lions' athlete who discussed his recruitment with Devils Digest.

In 2010 the 5-10 182 Ishmael Adams collected 1006 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns while averaging over 6.89 yards a carry. He also had two receiving scores. On defense he posted 52 total tackles, four interceptions (two of then returned for scores) and eight passes defended.

"(Arizona State linebackers) Coach Trent Bray and I talked for the first time a couple of months ago," Adams said. "They were up at my school recruiting my teammate Dillon van der Wal. I thought they were going to offer me only after I came to visit them, so I guess I was a little surprised when they offered me now.

"Even though Dillon didn't choose them in the end he had a lot of good things to say about them. The fact he ended up not going to ASU isn't going to change my mind about them (Arizona State)."

Adams commented that the Sun Devils are recruiting him as an athlete but that most likely he will end up as a corner if he chooses the maroon and gold. He reported a 4.5 mark in the 40-yards dash but claimed that since this was recorded a while ago he truly believes that he is now faster than that time.

"Some schools get worried about my height," Adams acknowledged, "but I'm a physical cornerback who does a good job jamming wide receivers at the line. I'm quick and break on the ball really well because I can read what the quarterback is about to do. I can do a good job in both cover-two and man coverage.

"I'm someone that just makes a lot of plays when I'm on the field. Darrelle Revis is one player from the NFL I try and model my game after."

The Lions' star also has offers from Washington and SMU. Cal, USC, Tennessee and Vanderbilt are schools that he has been hearing a lot from lately and believes that he may get offers from some of those programs in the near future.

"I used to live in Georgia so going back to that area to play in college would be OK," Adams stated. "So it doesn't matter how far I go to play. I want to go to a school that has good facilities, has a good graduation rate, and one that has a close family of players and coaches.

"I'm going to look at all my options and see what school is the best fit for me. If that happens before the season starts then that is when I will make my decision. I could also make my decision after the season is over."

Adams' father Stefon, played as a corner in the NFL between 1986-1990 with the then Los Angeles Raiders, Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins. The Oaks Christian two-way player confessed that he has learned some valuable lessons from his father's professional experience.

"My father taught me all about working hard all the time and staying focused," Adams explained. "He also told me that sometimes you have to start on special teams to find your way onto the field and that if you play well in that group you can find your way to playing on offense or defense. You just have to be patient."

Adams indicated that in the spring he will attend USC's Junior Day, and may also attend the same type of event at ASU, Cal and Vanderbilt.

"My uncle has been helping me out with my recruiting so we are going to sit down and see what are the best events for me to go to," Adams said.


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