Adams in the Middle

Nelson Adams made his verbal commitment to Mississippi State just hours after leaving the Starkville campus following a strong summer camp showing. Adams was ready to secure his college future and remove any potential distractions that recruiting my cause during his final high school season. Brandon High is on the upswing and Nelson wants to do his part to show that the BHS Bulldogs are back.

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Adams made a name for himself last season coming off the edge as a defensive end, but this fall he will be much more difficult to avoid as he makes the move to middle linebacker.

"I played linebacker my sophomore year, so it's not really new to me," said Nelson. "I like being in the middle because I can make more plays.

"Coach Peterson talked to me about it during the spring and we tried it.

"It's been working pretty good and I feel like it's going to help the team."

Adams will be playing his second season under the direction of Head Coach Brad Peterson. He believes he has grown as a player and as person since Peterson's arrival.

"Coach is always staying on us about doing the right thing," said Nelson. "He stays on us about being disciplined and always working hard to get better."

The summer months are no longer considered the off season for high school football players.

Playing on the prep level is now pretty much a daily commitment rather than a seasonal one.

"We have been lifting weights and running all summer," said Adams of his team's efforts. "We're all getting ready for the season.

"Coach wants us to work hard and I feel like all of this work that we do now is getting me ready for college."

Nelson is one of several central Mississippi prospects that have drawn attention from SEC schools.

The talented defensive lineman reports that he is looking to lead some of his Jackson metro area peers to Starkville.

"I know a lot of the other players," said Nelson. "I am pretty good friends with Cedric Jiles and D.J. Thompson.

"I am going up there for the Big Dawg camp and I am going to be talking a little bit with some of the other players about coming to Mississippi State.

"Me and Cedric have been talking about going up there."

The July 22nd trip will be one of the last events in Starkville before the Bulldogs take to the fall practice field to continue their work for the 2011 season.

"I am expecting them to have a big year and win a lot of games this year," said Adams. "I think it's going to be a good season."

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