E.J. Adams didn't necessarily enjoy the fact that he was initially going to grayshirt, but with a senior-laden position and opportunity on the horizon, the Suwanee (Ga.) native understood.
"They said I'd be redshirted anyways if I came in during the fall and wanted to play receiver, so I would have sat out anyways," Adams said. "This has been a really good thing for me, cause I've been able to work out and get stronger."
"The coaches joked that I would probably be starting had I came in and played defensive back," Adams added, in discussing the decision to stay home a semester.
The 5-foot-11, 190 pound athlete played quarterback his senior season, but during his high school career had flashes at safety, defensive back, wide receiver, punt returner and kick returner.
He was ranked the 79th best cover corner in the nation after subsequently committing to Kentucky in January.
"We'll just have to see in January," Adams said. "I'm going up there ready to play wherever."
"When I went up there last, the coaches were talking to me about playing wide receiver or defensive back," Adams said. "Coach (Joker) Phillips said he really wanted me at receiver with all the guys leaving, but then (secondary) Coach (Steve) Brown said he was going to fight to get me to play with him. That's when he made the comment, I'd probably be startin' had I come in during the fall. That sort of made me think about playing back there."
The Wildcats season has been a disappointment for many onlookers, but has left many with tremendous optimism for the future. A strong supporter of the coaching staff and Rich Brooks, E.J. echoed the sentiments of many UK supporters across the Bluegrass.
"They've had some tough losses, but they are real young and they've had some bad luck," Adams said. "Just wait, ya know?"
January will conclude a long ride to get to Lexington. Adams originally chose the Wildcats over Georgia, South Carolina and Ohio State; even fielding calls from several big-time programs in the final moments of the recruiting season, but a strong relationship with high school teammate Ross Bogue and cousin, current Wildcat tight end Eric Scott, solidified his choice late in the game.
"Having Eric there was a big thing. He's my cousin and he really spoke highly of the program from the start. The fact that they were my first offer was a big deal to me also. Coach Brown and the staff have been with me since the beginning and made me feel needed."
And now it's on to Lexington - better late than never. "I'll see you in January," Adams agreed. "Tell everyone, I'll be ready, too."