LB Gets Written Offer From UM

Naples High standout Spencer Adkins helped his team reach the state championship game against Mainland last December. Unfortunately for Adkins and his teammates, their effort came up just short. They're on a mission this season.

"We're undefeated and really haven't been challenged yet," Adkins said. "We're on a mission right now. All that matters to me this year is winning a state championship. Last year when we beat Edison like we did, we sorta coasted. We can't do that this year."

At 6-0 and 230 pounds, Adkins has again been unblockable on the defensive side of the ball. He played defensive end all of last season but is now working in as a middle linebacker at times.

"I've been playing both," he said. "Mainly, it depends on what formation the other team is running offensively. Since I know I'll be playing linebacker in college, this experience is really helping me out for the future."

Adkins, who has logged 19 tackles (10 for loss) and three sacks so far this season, said adjusting to linebacker hasn't been a tough transition.

"I'm still blitzing some and it's just about making the reads," he said. "I've run a 4.4 before so I'm fast enough to run around and make plays too. I'm just having fun, doing whatever it takes to help our team win games."

Adkins, a full academic qualifier, has been a major prospect for many of the nation's top college programs.

"I haven't set up any of the dates yet but I know I'll be visiting the three Florida schools and Georgia," he said. "I don't have a five yet. Georgia, I think, is sometime in November. I'm also gonna try getting to the Florida/LSU game for an unofficial visit."

The talented linebacker prospect was hoping to catch the UM/FSU game live but due to the rescheduling of practices after the hurricane, he was unable to make it.

"I watched it," he said. "That was a good game right there. Miami pulled through. It was good watching my boy Tavares Gooden (who was a prep defensive end until his senior season, when he split time between the two positions) out there filling in (for DJ Williams). I think I play a lot like him."

Adkins has scholarship offers from all four programs, including Miami. The Hurricanes were the most recent of the four to offer.

"I got it in the mail," he said. "I think a lot of it was at Down & Dirty. Coach Kehoe is one of the coaches there and he saw me dominating everyone out there. He said he really liked me and I guess the other coaches agreed."

Adkins is not yet ready to name a favorite but said two schools are recruiting him a little harder than the others at this point.

"Miami and Florida are probably recruiting me the hardest right now," he said. "I've been talking to Coach Kehoe, then he'll hand the phone to Coach Coker, and then he'll hand the phone to the defensive coordinator. It's cool to talking to all of them, it seems like they really want me."

The talented linebacker prospect said he'll take all four visits before making a final decision.

"I'll sort through all of that after my visits," he said. "None of them really stand out right now. I wanna focus on winning a state title first and then I'll be able to start making decisions about where I'm going to college."

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