UM Hot After DE/LB

There might not be a better defensive player in the state right now than Naples standout Spencer Adkins. At 6-foot-1 1/2 and 230 pounds, Adkins is coming off a banner junior season when he helped lead his team to the Class 5A state title game.

He finished his junior season with 80 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, and 12 quarterback sacks.

"My two biggest goals this year are to get back to the championship game and also get about 16 sacks," Adkins said. "I feel like I can really dominate this year but there's always someone better so I've been working real hard lately."

Adkins, whose father stands 6-4 1/2, won't turn 17 till the end of the spring. While he'll likely grow some more, he considers himself a linebacker prospect.

"Some coaches have said I'd be a great defensive end but I'm being recruited as an outside linebacker," he said. "I don't make just regular plays. It's nice to have a bunch of tackles but if you're not making big plays, what's the difference? I like making plays that change the game, making big plays in the backfield."

Adkins, who carries a 3.0 core GPA and just took the SAT this past Saturday, also competes in basketball and track. In fact, he's the fastest 100m kid at the school.

"I'm our fastest 100m guy," he said. "I've been getting in the 10.7 range. I'm running at the county meet this week and then regionals are next week. I'm pretty sure I can make it to states. I'm 225 or 230 pounds so that speed really helps me on the football field."

The talented defender first started playing football as a freshman a few years back.

"I had never played pop warner or anything so I was new at everything," he said. "I said I wanted to play so they put me in the weight room and it wasn't long before I just exploded. I wanna be the best man."

Adkins plans on attending this weekend's NIKE Training Camp as well as the TheInsiders.com/MSL Combine on April 17 at UM. He attended NIKE as a junior last year where he ran a 4.5/40, put up 24 reps at 185, and jumped 37 inches. He plans to improve in all those areas this year.

Adkins is clearly one of the state's premier prospects and he's already getting the scholarship offers to prove it.

"I already have offers from Florida, Florida State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, and Oklahoma," he said. "They all have a scholarship for me. Now all I need is Miami and I think they just wanna see me in the spring. I wanna stay close to home so the Florida schools are probably my favorites. I don't like cold weather, that's not for me."

When asked about any differences between the three Florida schools, Adkins simply said, "the Canes were my favorite team while growing up."

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