Adams Set to Visit

Marshall offensive line coach Alex Mirabal will need to replace three offensive lineman this offseason, four if you count one lost due to Medical reasons prior to spring camp opening up. Mirabal and his fellow coaches will welcome six or seven visitors to campus this weekend, including one of the top offensive lineman in Georgia.

Marshall is set to host its annual Green and White scrimmage game this Saturday at 2pm at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. In addition to watching the current players battle for depth spot positions, the Herd coaching staff will also be welcoming multiple potential prospects to campus.

Among those recruits will be one hulking offensive lineman from Valdosta, Georgia. Tarik Adams is a 6’3”, 298 pound offensive guard/tackle who is big enough, strong enough and agile enough to battle for early playing time no matter where he continues his career.

Adams currently has an offer from Marshall, as well as 12 other schools. In addition to the Marshall offer, he also has offers from, Air Force, Appalachian State, Army, Furman, Georgia State, Georgia Southern, Liberty, Mercer, Middle Tennessee State, Navy, Southern Mississippi, and UNC-Charlotte. Brown’s lead recruiter is tight ends coach Todd Goebbel.

Marshall has had recent success in the Valdosta, Georgia area. The Herd recently has had Jermaine Holmes, Jarquez Samuel and Tiquan Lang from that area. I asked Adams if he knew, or had any connections to any of the three, he said, “Jarquez’s (Samuel) sister is on the track team with me, and my mom knows Tiquan’s family.” Adams is familiar with all the aspects of the Marshall program. “I know that the team wins championships and bowl games, and they send players to the pros.”

Adams had a very successful junior season in high school. He ended the year with 34 pancake blocks, and 15 cut blocks. He also had a fumble recovery and had to save a touchdown with a tackle. Adams anticipates playing on the offensive line in college.

Adams has played against a lot of top notch talent. He said there were two players that were definitely his toughest opponents, “Julian Fraser who is going to Yale, and T.J. Smith who is going to Arkansas were the toughest players to play against so far.”

With over a dozen offers, Adams has yet to formulate a top three at this time. He hopes to make his decision sometime this summer or fall.

Marshall will lose three senior offensive lineman due to graduation after the 2015 season. Tom Collins, Clint Van Horn, and Sebastian Johansson all graduate. Marshall also lost sophomore to be Chris Huhn before spring camp due to medical related reasons.

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