40 time: 5.3
From: Castle Rock, California
High School: Douglas County
When you are one of the premier players on the defending state champion football team, you are going to receive a heavy dose of recognition. Ethan Adkins has already received his first BCS conference school offer as Kansas State came through with a written scholarship mid-way through January. It is likely to be the first of many.
As a junior, Adkins was named honorable mention all-conference. "I am good at staying low and hitting my opponents before they get out of their stance," Adkins boasted. "I never give up on a play and always finish my blocks."
Douglas County Head Coach Jeff Ketron says of Adkins, "He is just what you are looking for in an offensive tackle. He is a prototypical left offensive tackle. He has great feet and long arms. He is the kind of kid that can run well because he is athletic and can also protect his quarterback's blind side."
With the Wildcats' offer in hand, Adkins has been forced to do some thinking very early in the process. "Right now, I am on the borderline of wondering if I will stay in-state or leave the state. I would like to stay in-state if I can and that would mean I would most likely go to CU. But, with the KSU offer, I see that I have my options and do not have to decide anything too early."
Part of his desire to stay within the Centennial State's borders stems from the fact that he is an only child and he believes his parents would like him to stay close to home.
We get his thoughts on the Buffs, specifically. "I love the mountains in Colorado and the fact that the temperature can be 30 degrees one day and 60 degrees the next day. CU has been a good program in the past. They have not done an enormously good job lately, but they have still been good. I know the new coaches are from Boise State and I know they did well while they were there."
Adkins carries a 3.0 core GPA and is taking the ACT, April 8th. He is thinking about a major in Sports Medicine.