The trek to Michigan’s summer football camp has been an annual occurrence for many of the top athletes at Matthews (NC) Butler High. This year, however, neither of the elite prospects from the traditional Tar Heel State power will be making the trip to Ann Arbor next month. After attending Michigan’s camp each of the last two years, Robert Blanton recently announced that he would be attending Notre Dame’s camp this summer. Soon after that, his teammate Spencer Adams indicated that he too would not be in attendance… albeit for a different reason.
“I’m not going to be able to make it because I just found out that (track & field) high school nationals and Michigan’s camp are on the same days,” Adams explained. “I’m competing at nationals.”
Adams is a noted track standout and he has already turned in some blistering time en route to establishing himself as one of the country’s top performers. As part of his preparation for nationals he plans to compete in one more “tune-up” event.
“This weekend I’m going down to Florida for this Great South track meet,” he said. “It’s going to be the first time I’ve run the 400m hurdles in a while. I need to get a 400 hurdle race under my belt before I go to nationals. In North Carolina it’s just the 300m hurdles. I just broke the state record in the 300 hurdles with a time of 36.04. In the 110m hurdles I ran a 13.52. I’m going to run the 100m Saturday just to keep my 110 time down. I ran (the 100m) once before and I ran a 10.62.”
More and more schools are taking notice of that outstanding athleticism, as evidenced by an offer tally that recently eclipsed 25. All of the new attention has caused Adams to adjust a list of favorites that previously included Michigan, Clemson, and North Carolina.
“I haven’t really changed it,” Adams said regarding his top list of schools, “but Miami of Florida is definitely in that elite group at the top now. I still like those (aforementioned) schools, but now it’s more like a top seven. I like Miami of Florida a lot and I really like the coaches. Miami has offered now and so has Florida. They just offered last week so there is more to think about.”
With track commanding so much of Adams’ attention at this point, recruiting is currently taking a bit of a backseat. Visits to most of the schools on his list won’t likely happen until the fall. However, those programs within close proximity will get a few more cursory looks this summer.
“I’m going to go to North Carolina’s day camp and I’m going to go Virginia Tech,” he said. “I know I’m going to Clemson too. Those are all close and they’re all just day camps…really quick and easy.”
As for Michigan, Adams indicated that while his next visit to Ann Arbor will probably be an official one, his interest in the Maize & Blue hasn’t wavered. Nor has the intensity of their pursuit.
“They’re still on me hard,” Adams said regarding Michigan.
“I just talked to Coach Campbell the other day on the phone and Coach
English came down before that for a workout. It’s going good with Michigan.
I really like the way they’re recruiting me.”