Most 2010 prospects can delay their college decision for a little more than five weeks but for Ken Adams his deadline could be much sooner.
Adams, a 6-foot-5, 245-pound defensive end from Co-Lin Community College, hopes to enroll at the school of his choice in January, which would mean that he has less than two weeks to make the call.
The only thing standing in the way of Adams and his early enrollment is a Math class that he is trying to get squared away over the Christmas break.
“I passed another Math class before this one but I have to do some extra work that I’m waiting to get here in the mail,” Adams said. “It’s just a bunch of work I have to do and they say it can be done in a day. I feel confident that I can get it done and get it taken care of.”
Adams signed with Auburn when he graduated from Enterprise (Ala.) in 2008 but committed to Tennessee this past November. A big reason for his pledge to Tennessee was the relationship that he had with current LSU running backs coach Frank Wilson, who was the receivers coach at Tennessee prior to joining the LSU staff earlier this month.
At the moment, though, there are only three schools vying for his signature and Tennessee isn’t one of them.
“I talked to Tennessee a little bit when Coach Frank left and they still want me to come but they really wanted to play on offense,” said Adams. “After watching my tape, I really felt like I was better on defense and that’s what I want to play on. That’s why LSU, Auburn and North Carolina are the three that I’m now considering.
Adams visited North Carolina (12/4), Auburn (12/11) and LSU (12/18) in the first three weeks of December and all three schools offer the same things which only makes his decision that much tougher.
LSU – “I know they came in late but they have a good program. When I went down there I liked everything and it all seemed so real. Coach Frank, Coach (Brick) Haley and Coach (John) Chavis all seemed so real when I met them. And Coach Frank has always been straight-forward with me and I am real close to him. They have a great defense too and the coaches will prepare me for the next level.”
UNC – “They got a great defense and some good coaches. I got along real well with the players and coaches. The only thing with them that I think about is it’s a little farther from home but that’s not going to make or break my decision.”
Auburn – “They tell me I can play right away like LSU and North Carolina, and they are closer to home so I think about that sometimes. I hear that all of the time from people around here about how I need to go to Auburn but I have to do what’s best for me and not think about what other people want. I have three good schools to choose from and the coaches at all three schools are real cool so that makes it harder to choose one.”
According to Adams coaches from each school are eager to get his signature and are anxiously awaiting the word on where he stands academically.
“They all just told me that if I can’t enroll in January that I can enroll in summer but I want to get it done now and they want me there in the spring,” stated Adams. “They all tell me I have a spot regardless of when I enroll but I’m going to get it done and be there in the spring.”
That decision could come any day and Adams said he is still in the process of trying to figure out where he will spend the next two or three years of his life.
“I was going to try and make a decision this week but I don’t know if that will happen because of this Math deal,” he said. “As soon as I get the word on the Math deal then I’m going to decide. Right now, all three have a lot to offer and I’m just doing a lot of thinking.”
Adams recorded 40 tackles and nine sacks as a sophomore at Co-Lin. He will have three years to play two in college.