Chester Adams, a 6-6, 315-pound tackle who led Luverne High School to the Class 2A state championship game, will be in Athens, Ga., this weekend for his first official visit to see the University of Georgia Bulldogs.
A three-year starter, Adams came on strong as a prospect his senior season. "My quickness with my feet got a lot better this year," he says. "I got a lot better at my pass sets."
He had a strong year as a run blocker, too, with numerous domination blocks, however, he is still working to get better. "One thing I want to improve on is my speed so I can be more effective blocking linebackers," says Adams, who notes that his 40-yard dash time is 5.1. "If I can do that, I will be OK."
Adams is currently playing basketball for Luverne High School and will be in action on Tuesday night vs. G.W. Long. He had absolutely no down time between seasons. "We played our state championship game in football on Saturday, we practiced basketball on Sunday and I played in a game on Monday," he says. "Then we had three more games so from Saturday to Saturday I played in a state championship football game and four basketball games."
Adams says it was exciting to see his team make a run deep into the state playoffs under new head coach Mike Dubose, the former University of Alabama head football coach. "I know we didn't come out with the big prize, but what a way to end it at the state championship game."
Chester Adams blocks for Luverne in the state championship game vs. Randolph County.
The three-year starter also played defense as a 10th grader, but projects as either an offensive tackle or guard at the next level. "I think I can play either position," he says.
Adams notes that he doesn't have a favorite as he begins his recruiting visits, but says that there have been rumors that has already made a decision. "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.' That really surprised me when I first heard that."
The big offensive lineman has shown a good bit of interest in the Tigers throughout his senior year. He was at Jordan-Hare Stadium to check out games vs. Tennessee, Louisiana-Monroe, Ole Miss and Alabama.
Commenting on Auburn, he says, "It is a good place to be. I enjoyed my visits I took there this year to watch games. It is a small town, a good town like Luverne, but it has a great big football tradition. When you go there on a Saturday for a home game, you can't see anything but Auburn stuff anywhere you look. It is a real down-home place with a real good coaching staff and with good school programs."
Commenting on Alabama, Adams says, "There are lot of down to earth people there who tell you how it is. 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.
"Georgia is a good place," Adams says. "It is a little far, but it has good coaches. Coach Richt is one of the good coaches and he is a Christian man."
Commenting on Southern Miss, he says, "It is a small town, but it has a lot of tradition in football. It is a really good place to play and if you go play there they are going to be for you."
Adams says that he expects to qualify. "I am good student and my grades are doing good."
He says that he is "looking for good people" on a team and coaching staff to spend his collegiate days with and notes that being involved in a winning program and the availability of playing time on the offensive line are also considerations.