Adams unique name comes from his mother, Annie, who wanted people to give her son respect when they spoke to him so she added 'Sir' to his first name Darean.
The sophomore from Bradenton (FL) Bayshore high school had a breakout performance against Hawaii recording 12 tackles to lead all Spartans.
But early in the season, Adams was struggling just to get on the field. Coach John L. Smith even shifted strong safety Eric Smith to the position, a move that surely would have weakened the Spartans defense, but Adams convinced the coaching staff with his hard work that he deserved a shot and he has responded to the oppportunity.
"I was literally, this close to not being eligible, " Adams told Scout.com. "That broke me down and just really let me know that football can be taken away from me that fast. That was probably one of the biggest things for me was to become a true student-athlete."
"I just had to grow up basically, really study harder and not try to cram everything in before the big test, like study two weeks before the big test, study like, each chapter, so like when the final test comes, I'll knock it out. So once I did that, my grades when from like terrible to great and coach really noticed that."
Coach had already told me that If I wanted to be a part of his program, I had to focus on graduating. He really made that stick. That's all I really care about [now] is playing football and graduating from Michigan State."
Against Hawaii, Adams was all over the field, with 10 solo tackles including two for loss and a pass defended. No other Spartan was in double-digits in tackles. Coach John L. Smith took notice of Adams effort.
"The last two weeks, he's really focused and said, 'I'm going to get better each day' and that's kind of the way he's taken the field which is good to see. He didn't know how to tackle when he got here, he'd never done that," Smith said of Adams who was an offensive star in high school.
For his part, SirDarean said he doesn't miss offense as much as you might think. "I don't know. I miss it a little bit, it's not my job [anymore], it's really not for me to miss.
We have a great offense I love those guys, they're great but it's my job just to do what I have to do and that's defense. I just want to keep playing defense. I love it. Coach is going to keep coaching me up and I'm going to keep doing what I have to do.
Don't look now, but a difference maker is being born.