Royce Adams made his verbal commitment to Purdue on the weekend the Boilermakers hosted the Hawkeyes, but says Purdue had been on his mind since the summertime.
"Coach (Ted) Ginn took our players and a few others on a tour around the Midwest and we attended several team camps," Adams said. "Purdue was really the school that stood out to me on those visits, and when I took my official visit there it re-affirmed all the positive feelings I felt with Purdue."
It was a comfort level that he established on his visit to West Lafayette that really helped clinch the deal for the Boilermakers.
"I had a lot of fun on my visit to Purdue, but I knew I'd have fun with any visits that I took. It was when I got the chance to speak with all the coaches, specifically my one on one meeting with Coach (Joe) Tiller, that I knew I wanted to go there. My mom was feeling it, and I was, too. Coach Tiller reminded so much of Coach Ginn in how open-minded and easygoing he is," stated Adams.
Adams made the commitment in knowing Purdue was the only official visit he had taken to that point.
"I know I can go to Purdue and really help their team. They are in need of some defensive backs and I can play early there. Plus, the distance factor didn't hurt as I wasn't sure I wanted to go too much further than Purdue to be close to my family."
Adams stated he still hears from Iowa, Ohio Sate, and North Carolina.
"Iowa called me and asked if I'd still be wiling to let them recruit me, and I told them that I would. I haven't spoke to them since two weeks ago, but they told me they aren't going to give up on me and that I have plenty of time to make a visit before Signing Day."
"Ohio State stopped by the school last Tuesday, and said they are still interested. They haven't offered, but I know before I made the commitment, when they were recruiting me heavily, they were waiting on my transcripts. North Carolina wants me to take a visit, but I'm not sure about that one," said Adams.
"Nothing has been decided, yet, but I'm going to consider taking a visit to Iowa," added Adams, who said Iowa is also recruiting teammate WR/S Bryant Milligan (6'2 200). "I talk to both Coach (Ken) O'Keefe and Coach (Phil) Parker. They are graduating their top two corners so I could come in and play right away. It is a good school that has produced a lot of good players, and I really like the fact that the town is built around the college."
Adams also stated that Iowa was one of the camps he learned from the most this past summer while on the tour.
"I'd say I picked up the most at the Iowa and Ohio State camps," noted Adams who will host Purdue on an in-home visit Tuesday night. "At Iowa, they really worked with me in making sure I'm not lunging forward while jamming, keeping a solid base, and that I have my feet still moving so that I can make the transition to coverage more smoothly. At Ohio State, they had me to do a lot of drills in helping my speed turn in defending post corner routes so that I'm not turning my hips the opposite direction, but just making a quick turn with my body."