Adams Up to Five Offers

REISTERSTOWN, Md. -- Franklin High School junior cornerback Jordan Adams now has five offers from Virginia, West Virgina, Rutgers, Virginia Tech and Vanderbilt. While he claims no early standouts, the academic institutions such as UVA and Vandy have left an impression.

REISTERSTOWN, Md. -- The game was supposed to be a lot closer, but Franklin High School took it to visiting Westminster during the first round of the Maryland state playoffs Nov. 15, 49-14. While Franklin athlete Steven Smothers stole the spotlight with over 300 total yards and four touchdowns, there were numerous standouts who helped the Indians "clock" the Owls.

One such player was junior cornerback/receiver Jordan Adams, a 6-foot-1, 160-pounder who already claims offers from Virginia, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Rutgers and, most recently, Vanderbilt. Adams, who runs a 4.5 40-yard dash, had two catches for 40 yards on offense, but it was his play at corner that resonated. He basically shut down his side of the field and forced pass-happy Westminster to look elsewhere for open receivers.

"I did alright, but I actually thought I could have done better," said Adams, whose brother, senior Jacquez Adams, is the team's starting quarterback and has Division I-A interest. "I got scored on on the last play and that kind of stunk. But we're moving on, we won the game and that's what matters."

Adams is fully focused on making a class 3A state championship run, but he was excited when Vanderbilt offered recently. A solid student with a 3.0 GPA, he immediately noted Vandy's academic reputation.

"Vandy has like the best academic school out there outside of the Ivies," Adams said. "You come out of thee with a degree anything can happen for you. That's a great school."

A school with a similar reputation, Virginia, has also left an early impression.

"Virginia, that's another one just like Vandy," said Adams, who is receiving interest from the likes of Notre Dame, N.C. State, Syracuse, Clemson and others. "At the end of the day I'm going to school for education; that's the major concern. So schools like Vanderbilt, Virginia, they're going to be high for me.

"I'm actually getting a lot of interest from Notre Dame, and that's yet another school with great academics. I'd love it if they offered."

But while it's clear the academic-oriented institutions resonate, Adams insisted he has no early standouts. He said he wants to see what offers he can accumulate and take a few visits before delving into favorites, lists and the like.

"Every school that's looking at me stands out," Adams said. "Every school that's offered me is in contact, so they're all right there. We'll see what happens next year."

Adams has not yet visited any of his current suitors. He said the season and time constraints have kept him from making any trips this fall, though he plans to see Rutgers, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech and others this offseason.

One school he has seen a few times, though, is Maryland. He attended a couple summer camps in College Park and has been to Byrd Stadium for games in the past.

"The program over there is pretty good. I like the vibe I get there," Adams said. "But I really don't know a ton about them yet because they haven't offered. But it looks good from the outside looking in. I'd welcome an offer from my hometown school. I know they have good academics, so I'd definitely give them a look."

The Franklin athlete said his Terps recruiter, Keith Dudzinski, has spoken to his coaches about him, but hasn't shown significant interest.

"It's just basic interest right now," Adams said. "Just saying keep up the good work, good luck in your games, things like that."

Adams said almost all of his offers and interested suitors want him for cornerback, though Notre Dame mentioned receiver. But as Adams showed Nov. 15 against Westminster, he can be electric on both sides of the ball.

"I just ball out, play hard, do whatever my team needs," Adams said. "For me, it's all about a state championship right now. It gets done this year."

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