U-M Offer has Rutgers Commit Thinking Twice

Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Dwyer CB Jarius Adams has been off the market since July of last year when he pledged to the Scarlet Knights. His plan to play college football in Piscataway is now in question thanks to the offer he received today from the University of Michigan.

Jarius Adams’ head is still spinning from the recruiting whirlwind caused by Michigan’s sudden interest. Now that the Wolverines have entered the fray the longtime Rutgers commit is suddenly rethinking his future.

“I was pretty set on Rutgers,” Adams said.

“(Michigan’s interest) started on Tuesday. My coach got a call from Michigan’s defensive coordinator, Coach Durkin. He said that Coach Durkin was interested in me and asked if I was interested in Michigan.  I told him yes right off the bat because I knew what a big program Michigan was.  They’re a top university and getting coach Harbaugh is a big change and a bright future for Michigan.  So I told him right off that bat that I’m (definitely) interested.”

While the program in Ann Arbor is a lure in and of itself, Durkin’s presence has unquestionably increased the Maize & Blue’s appeal.

“I know he is a great coach,” Adams said of Durkin.  “He coached one of our former players down here, Matt Elam… one of best prospects down in Palm Beach County and Florida (period). What he did with (Elam)… getting him to the NFL and what he did with the DBs (at Florida) like Vernon Hargreaves, Quincy Wilson, and Jalen Tabor… just knowing what he did with those DBs and getting those DBs to that school… me talking with him was pretty much a great honor.”

That has to be music to the ears of a coach that upon arriving in Ann Arbor immediately assessed the need to fortify the cornerback ranks.  In Adams he sees a player that has all of the tools.

“They told me that when they watched my film they really loved it,” Adams recalled.  “They said I’m a great all-around player. (Durkin) said some corners are known for just catching picks, but won’t come up and hit.   He was saying I’m versatile. I can come up and make hits (and) I can use my speed and get interceptions. I’m an all-round player. "

“I’m aggressive at my spot. I’ll come up and make a play. I’m not one of those kids that is going to be on the football field just to be on the football field.  I come out and I’m a playmaker. I’m going to try to change the game around. That’s what kind of player I am.”

Now Durkin & company just have to convince him to be that kind of player for Michigan.  The next step in the process is making it down to him home and/or school.  Then they have to get the talented youngster on campus.

“(Durkin) said he really wanted to talk to me more, get to know me, and he wants me to research the school,” Adams stated.  “He said later on next week (they’ll visit me), and he said I will be talking to Harbaugh soon.”

“I’m going to be coming up there on the 30th.”

That weekend is obviously crucial to the Wolverines’ chances. If he experiences the necessary comfort on the visit the odds of a flip are fairly significant.

“(It will come down to) just like meeting the coaching staff, talking to different coaches there, finding out what their plan is, and talking to some of the players as well, talking to academic advisors,” Adams stated.  “I already know that Michigan is a great school to go to for academics and it’s big with football, but I just want to get all the background on things then come back home, talk it over with my family, and see what the best decision is.”


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