Although he’s just a few miles from College Park, Md., running back Abdul Adams (Woodrow Wilson/Washington, D.C.) really hadn’t had a chance to check out Maryland aside from attending a game in Byrd Stadium. On Feb. 21, though, the local three-star finally made the trek to campus, reneging on an intended trip to N.C. State in favor of UMD.
“The junior day at Maryland went well. I enjoyed talking to all the coaches and meeting everyone,” said the 6-foot, 185-pound Adams, who claims offers from the likes of Georgia, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, East Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Temple, Tennessee, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Wisconsin and others. “I spent a lot of time talking to the new running backs coach, Coach [Terry] Richardson, and also Coach [Mike] Locksley. I really liked both of them. Coach Locksley has been through my school before, and he seems like a good guy, and I liked meeting Coach Richardson too.
“But for me, what really stood out was what Coach [Randy] Edsall was telling everyone. He keeps it real and isn’t someone who is going to blow smoke or anything like that. He’s real honest, and that’s what you want in a coach.”
Adams also said he liked seeing the new indoor facility plans and trying on the Under Armour gear. He enjoyed interacting with the other recruits in attendance too, namely Bullis (Potomac, Md.) quarterback Dwayne Haskins, St. John’s (Washington, D.C.) safety Aaron Hansford and Landon (Bethesda, Md.) outside linebacker Keith Simms.
“I think everyone [recruits] who was there had a great time just talking to the coaches and seeing what Maryland is all about,” Adams said. “I knew some of the guys there, and I know they like Maryland. The [Maryland coaches] were talking about ‘The Movement’ and it’s something we’re [DMV recruits] are thinking about. It’s a great thing, and it’s big for all the big-time players around here to consider staying home. That’s something special, and I would love to stay home and play in front of my family and friends.”
Adams, however, does not hold a firm UMD offer just yet. He believes one could materialize in short order, but he’s unsure why the Terps have anted up.
“I think Maryland definitely wants to offer,” Adams said. “Just talking to the coaches and all, I think they definitely want to. I think they’re just figuring a couple things out first.
“But, like I said, I like Maryland and would definitely consider them. I’m going back there for their spring game in April. Hopefully I’ll have the offer by then.”
Maryland was actually Adams’ third visit this offseason. He was previously at Michigan State and Ohio State, and plans to be at Penn State Feb. 28.
Of the schools he’s seen so far, Adams seemed to be favoring the Spartans, although he didn’t want to claim any true standouts at this stage. Adams still has a full slate of schools he’d like to visit before putting out any kind of leaderboard.
“I would say Georgia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Kentucky, UVA and Boston College are in touch the most,” Adams said. “Those coaches are always messaging me on Twitter and things, and I talk to them pretty much every week. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to see them all before I make my decision.”
Adams was originally an East Carolina pledge, committing to the Pirates last spring. He reopened his recruitment when his offer list began to expand in earnest, however, and now would like to select a new college destination by the summer.
The Wilson product is coming off a season where he racked up 1,846 yards and 21 total touchdowns. He said his quickness, agility and vision are his defining qualities, while he wants to continue building strength and adding power.
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