AL DE Michael Adams commits to UofL

University of Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino and staff picked up their 11th verbal commitment when Pelham (AL) High School defensive end Michael Adams made his decision Tuesday night.

As mentioned in our Monday Morning Recruiting Blitz Clemson's loss proved to be Louisville's gain.

Last Sunday, Tommy Bowden's coaching staff contacted Pelham (AL) High School's Michael Adams and informed him that they were out of scholarships at his position and couldn't accept the verbal commitment that he extended the previous Friday.

Shortly after learning that Clemson no longer had a spot for him, Adams mentioned that he would wait to see what happened with the coaching situation at Ole Miss before proceeding with his recruitment.

"I will wait to see what happens with the coaching situation at Ole Miss," Adams said last Friday. "I will also look at other schools, including Louisville."

Apparently when Bobby Petrino released the statement on Tuesday that he was staying at Louisville, it was all Adams needed to hear to give the Cardinals a verbal committment. On Tuesday night the 6-foot-3, 235-pound defensive end committed to U of L assistant coach Joe Whitt Jr.

"I committed to Louisville yesterday," Adams confirmed Wednesday evening. "Louisville seemed to being recruiting me harder than anyone else, my parents and I thought it was a good situation and I really enjoyed my visit up there for the Louisville-Kentucky game earlier this season."

"I was trying to see what Coach Petrino was going to do and his [statement] was certainly a factor in my decision," Adams continued. "Also, by going to the Big East next season, that's an improvement over Conference USA in my eyes."

Adams, who was recently named All-County after making 79 tackles, 5 sacks and 18 tackles for loss this season, chose Louisville over a host of other programs, including Southern Miss, UAB, Troy State, Ole Miss, Auburn and Georgia.

"I watched just about every game Louisville played on television this season," Adams said. "It really helped them with me that they played well in those games and I really liked the way they competed against some top teams, including Miami."

Adams will make his official visit to Louisville the weekend of December 17th.

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