Fla. Athlete Rising Up The Charts

At 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, Bradenton (Fla.) Bayshore standout Sir-Darean (pronounced Sir Dare E in) Adams is coming off an outstanding junior season in which he made plays all over the field. He's been doing it for four years now.

"I first started playing in 8th grade and I've played just about every skilled position possible," Adams said. "I've played quarterback, running back, receiver, cornerback, and safety. I've returned punts, kicks, everything. I just like to be in the middle of the action making plays."

That's certainly something Adams is used to. As a junior last season, he threw for 1,061 yards and ran for another 580 while scoring 18 touchdowns. He also played in the secondary and picked off two passes.

The football field isn't the only athletic venue in which Adams excels. He's a two-year starter on the varsity basketball team and also runs track. His personal best in the 100m event is 10.55 and he also throws the shot put nearly 50 feet.

Adams, who came up just short on his first SAT try, has become one of the state's most heavily recruited athletes recently.

"A lot of people are talking to me and writing me mail and stuff," he said. "My favorites are Florida, Miami, Florida State, Ohio State, Nebraska, and Michigan State. All of them have given me a scholarship."

Adams, who received May recruiting calls from all of his listed favorites, recently attended two camps in Gainesville -- one for the NIKE Training Camp and the other for Florida's one-day senior camp. His 4.42/40 time was among the camp's best, as was his 35-inch vertical jump.

"Florida was fun," he said. "I had a chance to meet some of the coaches and get to know them better. Florida's probably my leading choice right now because Coach Wickline said I have a chance to play as a true freshman and I also like the fact that their recruiting classes keep getting better."

Adams, who plans on attending all three in-state rivalry games this season (UM/UF, UM/FSU, and FSU/UF), said the Hurricanes are also near the top of his list.

"I love Miami too," he said. "They always have a great team and they always produce a lot of great players. I also like Coach Kehoe. I talked to him in the spring and he's a cool guy. I can't wait for their game against Florida."

The only question mark on Adams is what position he'll likely play in college.

"They all tell me they're recruiting me as an athlete," he said. "Only Nebraska, of my favorites, wants me to keep playing quarterback. Florida said I can play either side. Miami, I think [they like me most at] safety. It doesn't matter to me."

One of the factors Adams will be looking at is the depth charts of these programs.

"I'll look at all the depth charts," he said. "If someone already has a bunch of players at a certain position then I don't know. Not that it matters or anything but it'd be better if there was a chance to play earlier and that's what I like about Florida."

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