Adams Dissects Penn State Trip

The Warrington, Pa., Central Bucks South running back met the Lions' staff and gained clarity as to how he is being recruited.

Josh Adams accomplished exactly what he set out to Saturday at University Park. He met the Penn Statestaff, saw James Franklin and the rest of the new coaches in action, and began to build relationships with them and the Nittany Lion players.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound four-star running back stopped in State College on the first of a few upcoming visits. The junior will travel to Pittsburgh and Notre Dame in April, and also has plans to see Rutgers and Temple this spring.

"I thought it was good," Adams said of his Penn State trip. "I've been up there to see the facilities and training facilities and stuff like that. I just wanted to check out the staff and get a feel for the atmosphere and the new coaching staff.

"I wanted to see what they're like and continue to build that relationship and put a face to a voice. I wanted to see what they were like, and I thought the trip went well."

Speculation has run rampant since State gained a verbal pledge from Harrisburg, Pa., Bishop McDevitt running back Andre Robinson in February that Adams may be the odd man out at the position. There has even been talk of him being recruited as something other than a running back, which is the position he played most for Warrington, Pa., Central Bucks South last season.

However, Adams said that following his visit, he doesn't believe much has changed with the way he is being recruited.

"I think everything is still the same," Adams said. "They might be recruiting me as an athlete more, but me and the coaches talked about it, and all I know is running back is where I would be when I got there [if he were to commit]. I'm open to compete for any spot and they said really just do what you're comfortable with.

"I didn't think it was a problem, whether it is as an athlete or running back. We are all on the same page."

Adams spent time talking with most of the Nittany Lion staff during his visit.

"It's really exciting up there," Adams said. "They have a passion for what they do, and I love the coaching up there. They love coaching there and coming to work every day. There is a lot of excitement, and they are trying to continue that Penn State legacy.

"They are a great group," he continued. "I got a feel for all the coaches to see what their personality is like. I got a feel for them, the commits, and the players let me know a little about Penn State and the facilities."

Many Penn State visitors have noticed a different atmosphere with the program since Franklin arrived. That was true for Adams, too.

It started at practice, where the running back said he saw intensity during drills and a lot of hard work. It carried over to Franklin and his staff, a group he described as enthusiastic.

The other difference was the atmosphere on Penn State's campus. It was a positive undoubtedly aided by one of the warmer days of the spring in State College.

"Practice was great," Adams said. "They were there to get the job done and get better. They worked hard, and it was a pretty solid practice.

"I also saw more of campus and what the Penn State atmosphere is like. I saw more of the school, and that was a little bit different. But some of the tour was the same [from the last time he visited campus], so it was great overall."


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