Massive olineman lists Cards among favorites

6'8, 315-pound offensive lineman Jeffrey Adams of Trigg County has three impressive offers to date, with many more likely to arrive soon. He recently spoke with and talked about his current list of favorites.

When asked the key to the success of his potent offense, Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino will most often begin with the offensive line, which means that at this point of the year he and his staff are searching for the best possible prospects to keep Mike Summer's line stocked with talent.

One such prospect is Jeffrey Adams of Trigg County High School in Cadiz, Kentucky. At a towering 6-foot-8 and 315-pounds, Adams is drawing the attention of coaches from throughout the country.

"He's getting things from just about everybody in the south," said his father. "The number of school's that are interested is up to forty."

Included among those schools are Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Penn State and Virginia.

In late April Adams picked up his first scholarship offer from Nebraska and has since added offers from Oklahoma and Tennessee, with one from Kentucky possibly on the way.

"The one from Tennessee came on Friday and Oklahoma's came on Monday," his father explained. "[Kentucky assistant] Joker Phillips told me that their offer would be coming either this week or next."

"I can't really explain how it feels," said Jeffrey of the scholarship offers. "I like that I'm getting a chance to play football in college. It has kind of surprised me."

Part of what has surprised Adams is the fact that he has started on the defensive side of the ball for Trigg County since his freshman year and has racked up a number of honors for his efforts on the defensive line.

"He didn't start playing on the offensive line until last year and that was because someone got hurt," Mr. Adams explained. "They all want him for the offensive line though."

However, despite the lack of experience on offense, the multiple All-State honoree says it doesn't matter what side of the ball the coaches want him for.

"I don't care where I play," said Adams, who has totaled 33 solo tackles, 81 assisted tackles, 44 tackles for loss, 15 forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries over the past two seasons at the nose guard position. "I just want a place to play."

While a decision on what school he'll play for won't be made for some time, Adams was quick to provide a short list of programs that currently lead the growing pack.

"Right now my favorites are Tennessee, Auburn, Nebraska, Louisville, Miami, Michigan and Kentucky."

Despite not having an offer from the Cardinals, Adams, who has made two unofficial visits to U of L, lists Petrino's program high because of the high-powered offense.

"I really like their offense," he said of the Cardinals. "It's a real exciting type of offense and they pass a lot and I'm best at pass protection. I like the defense too, but I like the offense more."

His father went on to explain that he believes his son will try to find a school that will find frequent success on the field. "The teams he was on in middle school never lost a game and he's hardly ever lost in high school. I think he's looking for a team that will be the same way."

Adams will attend the Athens Nike Camp this weekend and he anticipates camping at Louisville, Auburn and Tennessee in June.

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