IU Worth the Wait for Adkins

IU's most recent commit, Warren Central cornerback Chris Adkins, talks about his decision to pledge to the Hoosiers and his hopes of IU adding some more players from Warren Central to its 2007 roster...

Chris Adkins had prepared himself for the possibility that an IU offer might not materialize.

The 6-1, 180-pound cornerback from Indianapolis' Warren Central H.S. was hoping the Hoosiers would follow through with a scholarship tender after showing plenty of interest in him this fall, but he was also well aware that there were no guarantees.

"If I didn't get it, well, life goes on," Adkins said.

He did have scholarship offers from Ball State, Ohio and Toledo to fall back on just in case, but he was relieved to get word from IU assistant coach Billy Lynch last week that the Hoosiers were in fact interested in making him a member of their 2007 recruiting class.

It didn't take long for Adkins to accept IU's invitation. Adkins verballed to the Hoosiers Sunday night, becoming the 14th member of the 2007 class and the second player from Warren Central H.S., joining offensive lineman Andrew McDonald.

"I've wanted to go to IU," Adkins said. "There are a lot of ties there for me."

While Adkins had been holding out hope on an IU offer, he waited a couple of days before accepting the Hoosiers' offer. He had originally planned on waiting until after a scheduled in-home visit with the IU staff on Monday, but those plans changed after a weekend phone call.

"I was ready to commit to IU, but I wanted my parents to touch base first, because this is a family decision," Adkins said. "But Coach Lynch called my father and talked to him, and (my dad) came up to my work and told me he was comfortable with everything, that Coach Lynch is a good guy.

"Once I knew my parents were comfortable with it, I went ahead and made my decision."

Lynch played a big role in Adkins' affinity for the Hoosiers. The Hoosiers' wide receivers coach is the team's primary in-state recruiter, and he's helped IU land six commitments from in-state players thus far.

"I think Coach Lynch could sell anything to anyone," Adkins said. "The energy he has for what he does is one of the things that really got me. He loves what he does, and that's the kind of coach you want to play for."

Indiana is getting one of the standouts on a Warren Central defense that dominated its foes throughout the 2006 season. Warren Central surrendered only 124 points in 15 games, or just over eight points per contest.

Adkins combines good size with excellent speed. He is also a standout on Warren Central's track and field team that won the state championship a year ago. He said now that he's made his decision he'll turn his attention to this spring's track and field season, and then it will all be about getting ready for making a contribution in an IU uniform.

"I want to get my weight up, get a little more muscle mass before I get down there," Adkins said. "I'd like to get up to 195 or 200. I'm not naturally that big of a guy so at that weight I should be pretty cut."

Adkins is also hoping he's just the latest Warren Central standout to head to Bloomington. The Hoosiers already feature starting linebacker Josh Bailey from the prep powerhouse program, and Adkins and McDonald have coast their lot for IU this year.

The Indiana staff still has hopes of attracting another player or two from Warren Central in this year's class, as defensive tackle Jeff Boyd and wide receiver Adrien Robinson remain uncommitted and safety Jerimy Finch and tailback Darren Evans might still be outside possibilities despite their earlier verbals to Michigan and Virginia Tech, respectively.

"It should be a pipeline, one of the state's best high school teams to the state school," Adkins said. "I hope they get more – the more the merrier. It would make it even more fun to have some more from my high school."

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