"I remember when (Naples) Coach (Bill) Kramer came up to me when I was in ninth grade and told me that I could be one of the best to ever play at the school if I came out and wanted to," Adkins said. "I didn't believe him at first but I gave it a try."
He gave it a try and a few years later, Adkins was a first team All-State pick as a junior. He had the same type of season as a senior and became one of the state's most heavily recruited players. However, he took just two visits before he knew where his future home would be.
"Once I made my decision, it was solid," he said. "I'm a man of my word. Once I committed, I was done with the visits. I let the coaches go out and focus on getting other players. They didn't need to worry about me. I was straight."
Adkins took his official visit to UM in December but had been on a few unofficial visits prior to that. He talked about the importance of UM strength coach Andreu Swasey in his final decision.
"Coach Swasey's real funny," he said. "One time I was out there and I saw him over by the sandpit with his shades on doing dances. It was hilarious. He's the kind of guy who keeps it real with you and keeps you laughing, which is good because he works you hard during the offseasons when it's real hot out and everything."
Adkins, a full academic qualifier, will soon be fulfilling a dream. He's ready to tell Canes fans what to expect.
"I'm all about intensity," he said. "I play with a lot of emotion. I'll be out there hollering and bumping helmets with my teammates. That's the way I play. As far as the way I play, I'm all about technique. That's a big thing to me. I've always been able to stick my head in there. I ain't gonna be scared of anything. I'm just gonna bring it."
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