DE Gaines Adams comes to Tiger Town this summer with the opportunity to compete as a true freshman. The 6'6, 240 lb. defensive end has the speed of a wide receiver, and the frame of a linebacker. Unquestionably, he is one of the most underrated, and under publicized recruits in the 2002 recruiting class.
Last season at Fork Union Prep he registered 58 tackles and a mind boggling 22 sacks on defense, and he had more than 1,300 yards receiving on offense. As a three-year starter in high school at Cambridge Academy, he recorded 14 sacks on defense to help lead his team to the state championship in 2000.
What you have to like most about Adams, is that he is extremely quick to the corner, and often times he makes opposing linemen look almost rediculous when they try to block him. He has strong hands, and he uses his pure speed to get around even the most agile blockers.
Fortunately for Clemson, offensive line coach Ron West was able to secure the services of Adams, even after he gave his original commitment to North Carolina head coach John Bunting.
Adams changed his mind after a visit to Clemson the following weekend of his orginial commitment. Here is the latest on this fine defensive end in another Q & A session with an incoming freshman in the 2002 class:
What is your current height, weight, and 40 speed?
6'6, 240, 4.5
What did you like most about the recruiting process?
Being able to pick the school I wanted to go to.
What did you like least?
All of the coaches calling everyday.
What schools were your 2nd and 3rd choices?
North Carolina and Maryland
What were some of the main factors in your decision to come to Clemson?
It's close to home and I wanted to play in my home state.
For those Clemson fans that haven't seen you play, what can they expect from you as a player?
Every game and every practice I am going to play hard.
What specific position do you anticipate playing as a freshman?
When do you plan on getting to Clemson?
The second term- for summer school.
Anything else that you'd like to say to all the Clemson fans out there?
Thanks for giving me a chance to play at Clemson.
We'd like to thank Gaines for taking the time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions.
Q & A with DE Gaines Adams
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