South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.) linebacker Elijah Adams has been in a holding pattern this spring, taking just one recruit visit to South Carolina State. But the 6-foot, 230-pounder continues to hear from his current offerees and has added some new interest during the current spring evaluation period. Plus, with the high school year ending soon, Adams is planning to hit the road in short order.
“Coming up I’ll be revisiting NC State, South Carolina and East Carolina, and I definitely want to get up to Maryland,” said Adams, who has offers from UMD, ECU, NC State and South Carolina. “Then, after that, I’ll try to hit some other schools like Georgia and Virginia Tech. That’s kind of where I’m at right now.”
Adams said coaches from Maryland, UMass and Louisville have been through South Pointe to see him, while a couple other programs’ coaches stopped in and spoken to his head coach. Neither the Cardinals nor the Minutemen have offered, however.
Although the Wolfpack haven’t trekked through the school yet, Adams mentioned that NC State’s staff is contact most frequently.
“NC State is really excited about recruiting me and they really want me there,” he said. “The last time I was there I really enjoyed it and liked it there. I’m excited to get back soon.”
Another suitor that’s been in touch is Maryland. The Rock Hill native said he’s been talking to Terps’ area recruiter and offensive coordinator Walt Bell.
“Coach Bell is a good guy, and although we don’t talk that often, when we do talk it’s always a good conversation,” Adams said. “He’s been in contact for awhile now, and we just talk about how I could fit into the program. So I really want to see what the school is like and see what it’s about.”
Bell offered Adams way back in February. Since then, Adams has done his own research on the program, although the conference affiliation continues to resonate most.
“Just Maryland being in the Big Ten stands out to me,” he said. “Everyone down here talks about the SEC and the ACC, but the Big Ten is a great conference too. Maryland plays against some great competition like Michigan and Ohio State. That’s what I like about them.”
At one time, Adams was forecast to hometown South Carolina. But he admitted the Gamecocks’ staff hasn’t been in contact quite as frequently as before. Even so, it’s a school that remains on the three-star’s radar.
“But I’d really like to have offers from Virginia Tech, Georgia and Tennessee – those would be standouts,” Adams said. “The Tech coaches have been talking to me a bunch, so hopefully I’ll get that offer. I want to get up there for a visit. And Georgia and Tennessee, they came by to see my teammate, so we’ll see what happens there. I’d like to visit Georgia if possible.”
Currently, Adams is claiming no standouts. He said he has an open mind and is willing to entertain all current and new offerees.
“And I actually changed my mind about when I want to commit. I want to do it sometime soon, like in the summer,” Adams said. “I want to take a couple visits coming up, and then pick my school after that. I’ll probably commit later in the summer if some other offers come through, but, if they don’t, it could be even sooner.”