Darrell Adams doesn't have any junior film. That's what happens when you play in a preseason scrimmage and then transfer – you miss an entire season. That's what happened to Adams when he transferred from Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill to Hayward (Calif.) Stellar Prep. That's also why, despite his downright impressive build and very apparent athleticism, he only has a single offer: From Arizona State.
On Saturday, Adams and his Thunder teammate Chandler Gumbs, as well as their head coach Desmond Gumbs took in California's open practice on the first junior day of the spring.
"I thought everything was cool, and I really like Cal a lot – that's my No. 1 school," Adams said. "I always want to come there and check it out and be around the coaching staff and everything like that."
Adams has been to Berkeley north of five times already, so the fact that he didn't get a whole ton of face time with individual coaches – there were, after all, over 100 junior day visitors – he's well aware of how much the Bears are interested.
"I talk with the coaches all the time," Adams said. "I think the staff is really cool. Everyone is like a big family, and I think that's really cool. As far as the coaching staff goes, I really like it. I only got to talk to coach [Greg] Burns a little bit, but I'll probably catch up with him a little bit later. I'd already taken the tours and seen the facility and everything. I already knew everything and I'd already sat down with the coaches, so everything was cool. Today, it was just a little quick day."
An offer from Cal would be tough to turn down, Adams said, and that offer may come sooner, rather than later.
"It's hard because I don't have junior highlights – it's hard for them to make a decision – but they're coming up to my school next Tuesday to see me work out and everything like that, so hopefully, Tuesday, hopefully, I'll have an offer from them," Adams said. "If not, I'm going to the Cal camp, and I'll most likely get offered there."
Born in North Oakland, Adams has been watching the Bears his entire life, and it is very literally his hometown school.
"It's close to home, and living in Berkeley, being born in North Oakland, that's a big part of it," Adams said. "It's also the offense they run with the spread package, and they throw 67 percent of the time. That's pretty much a wide receiver's dream offense, so all of that plays a part. My dad likes it a lot, my mom wants me to stay in the area, so yeah. It would be tempting [to commit on the spot], but I want to keep my recruiting process open and see how many I can reel in, and then commit at the Army Bowl game or something like that."
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl has sent Adams a lot of mail, and he's leaning towards committing to the annual contest in San Antonio, Tex.
Adams stands at a well-muscled 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, and sees himself as both a wide receiver and a strong safety, which is exactly what Cal sees him as.
"They're recruiting me as a strong safety and a wide receiver, so pretty much whatever position I want to play for them, I can play," said Adams. "It's tough, because I like wide receiver, and I like safety, as well. I don't know. I don't know.
"I think I'm able to play pretty much anywhere on the field. I think I was blessed with that ability to be an athlete, so in college, it's wherever I feel I can make the most plays for that team, to do my job and help win games."
Given that at some point down the road, Burns and Rob Likens may have to have a cage match to determine what side of the ball he plays on, it's no surprise that Adams' primary recruiter is none other than the head man himself: Sonny Dykes.
"He and I communicate a lot," Adams said. "We talk on facebook a lot, and sometimes I'll just call him and talk with him."
Not bad, having a direct line to the head coach of his favorite school.
"It shows me that they really are interested in me, and honestly, I feel like if I had played my junior season and had some highlights, I would have that offer. I'd have more than just ASU right now," Adams said.
Adams has a sparkling 3.9 GPA, with a core GPA of 3.5.
JUNIOR DAY: Adams Hoping Persistence Pays Off
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