Bloomington, Ind. – Now comes the hard part for Warren Central defensive back Chris Adkins.
The 6-1, 180-pound cornerback is just two days removed from helping guide his high school program to an unprecedented fourth consecutive Class 5A state championship with a 35-14 win over Carmel, a victory that capped a 15-0 season for the Warriors.
But now that the season – and his high school football career – is behind him, Adkins' attention turns to where he'll continue his playing career. He has scholarship offers from Ball State and Ohio University, while Kentucky, Illinois and Southern Illinois, among others, have been keeping tabs on him as well.
While all are viable options, Adkins is holding out hope that IU Coach Terry Hoeppner's program steps up its efforts with him.
"Indiana is my first choice – I would like to go there," Adkins said. "I'm just not sure if they are as interested in me as some are saying they are. But they're a good-sized school, and first and foremost they have the Kelley (Business) Institue, which I'm interested in. Plus I'm a strong family guy, and I'd be able to stay close to home.
"Now that the season is over, I'll wait and see if they are going to make me an offer."
Adkins was in Bloomington for an unofficial visit for the Michigan State game along with Warren Central teammates Adrien Robinson, Andrew McDonald, Jerimy Finch and Jeff Boyd. McDonald recently received a scholarship offer from the Hoosiers and accepted, while Boyd, Finch and Robinson are players IU continues to hold out hope they'll lure to Bloomington.
"It was a wonderful visit," Adkins said. "They showed a good system, and they won the game. We could see they needed all our positions because they are rebuilding."
Adkins also said there's a strong interest among the Warren Central players to give Indiana and the other state schools a very strong and serious look.
"Our goal for Warren is to play for an Indiana team," Adkins said. "They players at Warren want to bring football back to Indiana."
Adkins is hoping the IU staff decides he's one of the players that can help the program take the next step. With his prep season now over, he'll likely get a better feel for where he stands with the IU program once it comes time to start setting up official visits in December.
He admits, though, that waiting and hoping can be difficult at times.
"It is real tough (waiting)," Adkins said. "Our coach tells us about the coaches, and what to expect. And sometimes things don't materialize like we want them to. He keeps telling us to hold on and to not make a decision right away, and that things can change."
Warren Central DB Plays Waiting Game
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