Receiver Ready To Show What He Can Do

Foley receiver Volantai Adams talks about the recruiting process and what he likes about Auburn after visiting the Tigers.

Foley, Ala.—Coming back from a knee injury that cut his junior season short, wide receiver Volantai Adams from Foley High School is a prospect who has a chance to make a big move when the Lions hit the field for spring practice in April.

At 6-1, 195, Adams is a physical receiver who is already receiving interest from Auburn, Mississippi State, Missouri, Louisiana-Lafayette and several more schools.

Catching 26 passes for 358 yards and four touchdowns last season despite missing five games following his injury, Adams is excited about his recruiting to this point and says he's looking forward to showing what he can do this spring.

One of the colleges that is planning to see Adams in action this spring is Auburn. Recently taking a trip to the Plains to see Coach Gus Malzahn's program along with teammate Demarcus Bingham, the receiver says everything about the visit was great and he's ready to see more from the Tigers.

"I really like the way I feel there," Adams says. "I feel comfortable there. It feels like home. As we took the tour of the academics that was the main thing to me because the way you find your way on the field is to get a good start academically.

"Coach Craig (wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig) said that he is going to put the best players on the field and he doesn't care what you're ranked or what star you are," he adds. "He said that if you fit the program they'll find a way to get you on the field.

"I just really like the coaches, the facilities, and everything. I wouldn't mind being there. I love it. I have been there more than once so I like it more and more every time I go."

Determined to make his dream come true of playing college football, Adams says that one of the things he's excited about his the opportunity that is in front of him. Knowing schools are going to come see him play this spring is all he can ask for he notes.

"I don't have any offers yet, but I sat down with my coach and he said a few schools are supposed to come watch me this spring," Adams tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "He said that will be a trial period for me. I'm taking my ACT coming up in April. If I improve and show what I can do then I think the offers will start.

"I'm pretty excited," he adds. "Being one of the older guys on the team and one of the top guys along with Demarcus Bingham, I feel like it's my chance to show the younger guys that it's possible to get out of Foley. I'm pretty excited and looking for something big. I'm ready to show guys I can be a playmaker in whatever system they're running. I think I'm a route-running receiver that can go get the long ball or take the short ball and get some yardage. I want to show them that I can do it all."

Trying to catch the eyes of college coaches, Adams has the help of having Bingham alongside him in the process. In addition to having someone to talk with about the stress of making a decision, Bingham also brings competition to the table every day and is someone that Adams says makes him better every day.

"I love him to death and love him like a brother," Adams says of Bingham. "But I feel like I put in hard work just like he does and when colleges come to watch him they're also coming to watch me. I don't think I should have to use him as a way for teams to see me. They notice me for what I do and notice him for what he does. It's nice to have a guy like him on the other side, especially in practice. I push him to get everything out and he pushes me to work my hardest."


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