South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.) linebacker Elijah Adams has held an offer from hometown South Carolina since May 2016, and he’s visited Columbia on numerous occasions. In fact, USC is the only programs the 6-foot, 230 pounder has seen thus far, and he was back again Feb. 25.
“I’ve only been on one trip to South Carolina this offseason, and it was nice,” said Adams, who has offers from USC, Maryland and ECU. “I enjoyed watching the practice and catching up with the coaches. Just the home feel and the coaches and the players, I like all of that about South Carolina. It’s the home school.”
Even so, Adams said he has no early leaders, insisting South Carolina doesn’t have an edge quite yet. The South Pointe prospect wants to visit his other suitors and interested suitors, plus gauge what offers may materialize down the line.
“Right now Maryland, Va Tech and Georgia are on my radar for visits,” Adams said. “I don’t have any dates yet, but I’m going to Maryland real soon. I’m excited to get up there. I’m ready to get up there and hang out with the coaches.”
The Terps offered Adams earlier in February, and since then the recruit and area recruiter Walt Bell have developed a rapport.
“I’m in touch with Coach Bell and it’s a good vibe between us. I know where he stands and he knows where I stand,” Adams said. “He tells me the atmosphere is great there, it’s real nice up there, and it’s a great college feel at the school. So I just really want to see what it’s about for myself.”
Adams obviously has never been in College Park, Md., but he has trekked through the area. He said he liked the feel and environment during his stay in the Old Line State.
“It’s real nice up there,” Adams said. “I don’t have family or anything in the area, but I was there for a visit and I like the D.C. area.”
Adams also noted the Maryland staff is recruiting him for both linebacker spots. He said they like his rush skills off the edge, but think he could be a valuable addition at inside backer too.
In addition to UMD and the other programs he’ll be checking out, Adams said he’d try to venture out to any other school whose coaches chose to offer. Adams isn’t seeking any scholarships in particular, but allowed, “there’s a lot of schools I’d love to hear from.”
Currently, Adams is receiving interest from Va Tech, Georgia, Georgia Tech, UNC, Duke, NC State, Wake and others throughout ACC and SEC country.
“Right now I’m planning out more visits, and then in the summer I’ll probably take like three or four trips. I’ll probably get back to the schools I liked the first time around,” Adams said. “Then I’ll be committing before my senior season.”