Maryland has been keeping close tabs on H.D. Woodson (Washington, D.C.) running back Abdul Adams for several months now, and March 26 the 5-foot-11, 205-pounder claimed an offer from the hometown school. Adams said he had conversations with both area recruiter Mike Locksley and head coach Randy Edsall, and believes a committable scholarship is on the table.
“Getting the offer from Maryland, it was definitely big for me. Being my hometown school, it was a blessing. It was huge,” said Adams, who claims offers from Michigan State, Iowa, Georgia, Rutgers, Uconn, Pitt, WVU, Illinois, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Kansas and others. “ It’s another blessing for me, another school looking to take a chance on me.”
Adams was on campus a couple times this winter, including the Feb. 24 UMD-Wisconsin hoops bout and a junior day. He said he’s enjoyed himself during his trips to College Park and has stayed in contact with several other DMV talents, specifically mentioning Terps signee Adam McLean and quarterback Dwayne Haskins (Bullis/Potomac, Md.)
“I’ve talked to those guys, and we’ve talked about what it would mean to stay home and go to Maryland. You know, the hometown movement thing is a pretty cool thing, getting all the top guys to represent the home state,” Adams said. “Maryland, it’s definitely on the come up, and they’re building a solid program there. So, yeah, guys like Adam, he’s trying to get me to go there. Dwayne, he likes Maryland too but he’s still taking all his visits.”
It’s the Maryland coaches, though, who have been actively recruiting Adams. The Woodson back said he’s in touch with both Locksley and Edsall quite frequently.
“Basically Coach Edsall wants me to of the stay-home movement and stuff like that. He wants me to be a leader in my class,” Adams said. “And coach Edsall, he wants to meet my family; he really wants to get to know me.
“Coach Locks, he’s a real cool guy. We usually just say what’s up, but recently he’s been pushing more for me. He wants to me to stay home and help build the program at Maryland. He was telling me how the running backs coach [Terry Richardson] loves me and thinks I can do big things there.”
Adams isn’t sure when he’s returning to Maryland, but he’s trying to make the spring game April 11. He’s also planning to be at Michigan State for its spring game April 25, while a trip to Georgia is also in the works.
“I don’t have any leaders right now, but Michigan State is definitely in touch and wants me up there,” Adams said. “I talk to their coaches a lot, from the head coach to the running backs coach to the recruiting coordinator. I’m looking forward to getting up there.”
Other schools pushing for Adams’ services include Georgia, Kentucky, Iowa and WVU, in addition to Maryland and MSU.
Adams said he’s trying to have his college decision made in the summer before his senior season.
Adams Remains High On Hometown School
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