Dual-Sport Standout Keeping His Options Open

This in-state propspect, who is hearing from college coaches about both football and basketball, talks about the recruiting process.

Pelham, Ala.--Michael Adams is a two-sport standout for Pelham High School and the big senior says he is receiving attention from college recruiters in both football and basketball.

"I am hearing from Louisville, Georgia, Clemson, Auburn and Alabama," Adams says about the schools who are recruiting him for football. "I have offers from Louisville and Troy State right now. And in basketball I'm hearing form North Alabama, Faulkner and Ole Miss, but no offers yet."

The 6-3, 233-pounder also adds that he can play a myriad of positions on both the gridiron and the hardwood. "I play defensive end and I can play tight end, outside linebacker and I can play some receiver," he says about his football skills. "I play the four and the five (power forward and center) in basketball and they move me out to three (small forward) sometimes, too."

Michael Adams is shown at this summer's Alabama North-South All-Star Basketball Game.

Despite his multiple athletic talents, Adams explains that he is planning on taking the football route to get a college scholarship and that most colleges are recruiting him as a defensive end or a tight end.

However, the multi-sport athlete says that he wouldn't be averse to trying to play both sports in college. "If that was an option I would probably try it for like one year," he notes.

With at least six colleges interested in his services, Adams says he is not planning on naming favorites anytime soon. "I am keeping my options open until I have to make a decision," he notes. "I am just looking at a little bit of everybody right now."

Adams also says he is planning on getting out to quite a few college games this fall, and that he would like to make it out to see all of the teams that are interested in him play live.

The Pelham standout adds that despite the fact he will be playing basketball during the time for official visits in January, he still plans on taking all five visits.

"That is really not going to affect me because I can go around basketball to visit colleges," Adams says. "My basketball coach, he also coaches football. So, if I tell him I have to go visit a certain school he wouldn't mind if I had to do that and miss basketball."

Pelham High was forced to cancel its fall jamboree game due to thunderstorms in the area, but will get the season under way Friday night as it takes on Paul Bryant High School.


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