Adams is a Tiger

The last couple of weeks have been filled with good news on the LSU recruiting front as the Tigers have nabbed several commitments. The good news continued to flow as junior college defensive end Ken Adams has signed with LSU.

Ken Adams’ road to Baton Rouge saw a lot of twists and turns along the way.

Today, Adams’ college decision brought all the moving to a stop.

“I committed to LSU,” he said. “I signed my letter and everything. It’s official.”

A standout at Enterprise High in Alabama, Adams committed to Auburn before his senior season ended. When he later went down the junior college path, the pledge switched from Auburn to Tennessee.

After an official visit to Baton Rouge the week before the dead period, LSU appeared to be a school that could make a late push for Adams’ services.

LSU running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson was the Tennessee staff member that lured Adams to committing to the Volunteers. Now with the Tigers, Wilson worked his magic once more – the key man behind getting Adams to take the visit that put the Tigers in the race.

Defensive line coach Brick Haley, also an Enterprise, Ala. native, used the hometown connection to ensure Adams that he would be moving into a family if he joined the LSU program.

With the closing words from head coach Les Miles, Adams said that the offer was too good to pass up.

“The LSU coaches, from Frank to Brick to coach Miles, they stayed on me and showed me more love than anyone else did, and I felt like I was going somewhere that needed me,” Adams said. “I had a great relationship with Frank already, but the rest of the staff helped me decide that Baton Rouge was where I needed to be.”

If Adams finishes a final task for his math course, his enrollment should happen in January.

“Right now I am getting the last test on my online math work done,” he said. “After they send me back the stuff, I am done.”

LSU will graduate one defensive end in Rahim Alem and there is a chance that Pep Levingston, who started opposite of Alem, could move inside during the spring which would leave a trio of sophomore ends in Lavar Edwards, Chase Clement and Chancey Aghayere, along with redshirt freshmen Sam Montgomery and Mike Brockers battling for playing time on the edge.

There is plenty of young talent at that position but once the coaches saw that Adams passed the eye test they saw someone who they hope will make an immediate impact.

“Everyone said that I could play early but after sitting down with Coach Haley and Coach Frank I could see that LSU was losing a lot of defensive ends,” Adams said. “I think I can work hard and get in there and have a chance to play early.” 

Most considered Auburn the frontrunner to land Adams' signature again because after all it would be much easier to stay in-state and play for the War Eagles. However, Adams was looking to get out of his comfort zone and find another place to spend the next two or three years of his life.

“My parents were super supportive and they said they would back me wherever I went,” said Adams, who also considered North Carolina. “I told them it was going to be LSU and they said that was a good choice. They were as happy as I am.”

Adams, who was in on 40 tackles and nine sacks as a sophomore at Co-Lin, will have three years to play two for the Tigers.

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