Adams Feels No Pressure

Corey Adams is one of the most coveted defensive tackles in the western region. Dozens are vying for Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro player's services and have offered scholarships. Yet, the 6-4 275 Adams will take his time with his recruitment and seems to appreciate a school such as ASU that is willing to be patient. Devils Digest caught up with Adams who participated in ASU's Junior Day on Saturday.

Corey Adams went to the Sun Devil event with several of his Saguaro teammates such as Justin Jungblut, Beau Burton and Kody Koebensky, as well as his father. Even though he was quite familiar with the Tempe campus he still enjoyed the day-long event. He went on tours of the campus, the facilities, and met several staff members from Arizona State's athletic department.

"My dad and I were most impressed with just how in-depth is their tutoring and study program was," said Adams. "It's pretty cool. It was also very cool meeting face to face with Coach Erickson and Coach Stretz. Every time I meet with the ASU coaches it's a very friendly and positive atmosphere, and they contact me any chance they can."

Adams said the Sun Devil coaches have talked to him on how he would fit into the program and the specific aspects he should be looking for in a college. "If I came to ASU I think it would be a good fit for me," stated the defensive tackle. "I feel a very good chemistry with the players and just in general I'm getting a very good vibe form the program."

The only other Junior Day event Adams attended was in Tucson with the University of Arizona. He indicated that he wasn't planning on partaking in any other Junior Day events.

With scholarship offers from all across the nation, the thoughts of playing away from home have undoubtedly crossed Adams' mind. However, he remains non-committal as to his intentions or preference of playing in-state or not. "It varies day by day, honestly," he claimed. "Some days I feel like I do want to play away from home, and some days I do want to leave the state."

The defensive tackle added that it would be nice to play with his high school teammates in the same college, but that it would definitely not be a driving force in his decision. "When I choose a college it will be just a place that I feel the most comfortable being at," Adam explained. "It's how I feel about the coaches, the players, the community and just the school in general and how it all ties in with football and academics."

Like the Sun Devil nation, Adams was impressed with the team's 10-3 record last year. Yet, through his recruiting with the ASU coaches, he cannot help but feel that there's absolutely no sense of complacency in Tempe. "The coaches are already looking forward to next season and improving that record," he said. "They are really pushing for more success and a national championship in the future."

Adams is ranked as the nation's 7th best defensive tackle by Scout.com, and has helped the Sabercats win back-to-back 4A1 state titles. As a junior he tallied 117 tackles and 24 sacks, and was named first team all-state and all-league. "I think the way I'm using my hands when dealing with the o-linemen is something I need to improve on," he said of his skills. "My strong point is just my pursuit to the ball."

Currently, Adams doesn't have a short list of favorites nor any official visits scheduled. Even though he plans to take all five official visits, he will likely wait until the end of the season to do so. "Hopefully, that happens in the middle of December after we three-peat," he said with a smile. "During the season it would be hard to take visits and still focus on the season. I want to see how the different schools do this year and based on that I will take my visits."

The heavy recruiting attention Adams has already received from several schools is more than likely to intensify in the upcoming months. Due to his approach and desire to take his time, he does appreciate the recruiting attitude ASU is showing.

"They're not forcing anything into your mind," he explained. "They just showed you what they have and how it will benefit me. That's a really cool thing."

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