Terps After Virginia OT Adams

Riverbend High (Fredericksburg, Va.) offensive tackle Zach Adams showed out at The Opening D.C. in Centreville, Va., April 19, and 24 hours later he earned his first Big Ten scholarship. The 6-foot-6, 320-pounder, who also holds verbals from UVA and Air Force, said he spoke to his Maryland area recruiter, Chad Wilt, who let him know the offer was in tow.

Riverbend High (Fredericksburg, Va.) offensive tackle Zach Adams showed out at The Opening D.C. in Centreville, Va., April 19, and 24 hours later he earned his first Big Ten scholarship. The 6-foot-6, 320-pounder, who also holds verbals from UVA and Air Force, said he spoke to his Maryland area recruiter, Chad Wilt, who let him know the offer was in tow.

“It was really an out-of-the-blue kind of thing. I hadn’t really been hearing much from Maryland too too much, but I’ll take it. I’m really excited about it,” Adams said. “I did not expect to get a Maryland offer at all. But Coach Wilt, he said he’s coming down to my school [April 21]. He said I had good film, I fit all their wants and I’d be a great fit there. So I told him I was honored and that sounded great.”

Adams has actually been in College Park, Md., once before, visiting for a spring practice back in March. He said he enjoyed watching the linemen in action, touring the facilities and speaking to the staff.

“I was in meetings with Coach [Randy] Edsall and Coach Stud [offensive line coach Greg Studrawa], and I really liked how both of them handled themselves,” Adams said. “Coach Stud is very disciplined and he expects and demands perfection. So I loved that about him, and how he worked with the linemen. And Coach Edsall, I liked him a lot too and how he’s also very disciplined and all about academics. He seems like he really cares about his players.

“The facilities there, they were really impressive too. The weight room upgrades, the new practice fields, it’s going to be great. I feel like Maryland is definitely on the rise, and they’re going to be hard to contend with in a couple years.

“I definitely want to get back there. Me and Coach Wilt, we’re setting up another visit for sometime in June.”

The Riverbend product went on to say the fact UMD plays in the Big Ten holds appeal, while he likes that College Park isn’t too far from home either. Maryland’s emphasis on academics held weight with Adams too, which is no surprise given his high GPA and desire to earn a good degree.

“Maryland is a really good option for me,” Adams said. “Now that they’ve offered, they’re almost up there with UVA. I’d say UVA has the advantage right now because they were the first to offer me. I waited a long, long time to get an offer, so the fact [Virginia] recognized me first, and it’s my hometown school, that meant a lot. But Maryland is right there for me too.”

Adams was just in Charlottesville, Va., April 18 for the Wahoos’ spring game and said he had a great time connecting with the staff and learning more about the school. He said he “really loves it there” and plans to return at some point soon.

But while both Virginia and Maryland intrigue Adams, he called himself an “open book right now.” He’s just beginning to receive major college looks, and mentioned how staffs from North Carolina, NC State, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech and even Florida State are monitoring him.

“It’s just now hitting me that I can be a player in a big-time college football conference,” Adams said. “So I’m just soaking it all in right now. I mean, Pittsburgh is coming in to see me, FSU is coming up, and I’m in really close contact with Tennessee too. So I’m just going through the process and seeing what comes of it.”

Adams doesn’t have a clear timetable for selecting a school, but intends to wait until halfway through his final season before pulling the trigger. He said he’d like the opportunity to have his senior film evaluated and then go from there.

“But we’ll see,” Adams said. “If I go somewhere for a visit this summer and it feels right, then I’ll commit.”

The Virginia product said many programs, including Maryland, envision him as a right tackle. He noted how his stout frame and 6-foot-9.5 wingspan translates well to that side of the line.

“Right now I’d say pass protection is a strength of mine. I move my feet well, have a good jab and set up well,” Adams said. “The one thing I’m really working on is getting my strength up since I started kind of later than most guys. Coming into high school I didn’t just focus on football; I played golf, basketball and ran track. But now I’m totally focused on weight room work and football, so I’m working on getting stronger.”

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