Auburn, Ala.--Friday and Saturday the first summer camp of a busy month for the Auburn coaching staff took place as 20 teams from Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee took part in a 7-on-7 team passing camp on the Plains. With several good players on hand with their respective teams, it was Harrison High (Kennesaw, GA) wide receiver Darvin Adams that was the showstopper of the weekend.
At 6-2 ½, 185 with good speed, hands, and ball awareness, Adams was showed a great ability to adjust with the ball in the air as well as get off the line of scrimmage and find open spots even while being double-teamed by opponents. In the end Adams says the two days was good for him and his team to get a head start on the 2007 season.
"It went pretty good," Adams tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "The first game we got off to a bad start but we got fired up and ready to play the second game and we won. They doubled me most of the time so that opened up a lot of stuff for the other players. It worked good for both sides I guess."
Darvin Adams comes off the line of scrimmage in a game on Friday.
Being courted by some of the top programs from around the South before his weekend on the Plains, Adams held offers from Auburn, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Tech among others before showing out over the weekend. He says that despite the offer already in hand from Auburn, he felt like he needed to show the coaching staff he was worthy of being their guy.
"I had to at least show them something to make them know I was the guy they wanted to have," Adams says. "I tried to do a little something to let them know that I would be the man if I went to Auburn.
"I think I did it," he adds. "At least Coach (Greg) Knox told me I did. If he said it I have to believe it. It made me feel good. I couldn't have gotten this far. I couldn't get the ball if the quarterback didn't throw it to me. I feel pretty good."
Following his time at Auburn, Adams says that it only served to make the Tigers even more of a favorite for his signature when the time comes.
"They have been number one," Adams says. "This just raised them up a little bit. I'm probably getting ready to commit in the next couple of weeks. I'm looking forward to it. I'm supposed to visit Tennessee. That's my only wait right now. I was going to commit Saturday but my dad wants me to go to Tennessee to see how they look. Auburn is a big leader though."
A natural at wide receiver, Adams has almost always been a quarterback for his teams growing up. That was the case last season as a junior when he accounted for over 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns as the offensive leader. He also excelled on the defensive side of the ball with six interceptions, returning two for touchdowns but says receiver is the position for him in the future.
Central (Tuscaloosa) running back DeMario Pippen was also an impressive performer at the passing camp.
Among the other impressive players in attendance was running back/athlete DeMario Pippen from Central High in Tuscaloosa. A physical player that catches the ball well out of the backfield, Pippen could also play cornerback on the next level and is definitely a player to watch this fall.