Class of 2005 Prospect - TN QB//DB/P Blake McAdams

Ripley (TN) High School's Blake McAdams (6-foot, 180), a coach's son, is a great all-around athlete who plays quarterback, defensive back and punts. With one offer in hand, Blake is receiving strong interest from quite a few other colleges.

Blake McAdams Profile

A Class 3A All-State defensive back selection this past season as well as an exceptional student in the classroom, Blake has received interest from quite a few schools, but two are showing the most interest at this point.

"Ole Miss has offered me," said Blake, who has already attended the Ole Miss camp and plans on attending MSU's and Alabama's camps later this summer. "Mississippi State is real close (to offering). They said they have watched tapes of me and told me that they were really close to offering me. They want me to come down for a visit so that they can see me before they offer me."

Blake, when asked what schools are his favorites, named five that he is most interested in, with one leaning the pack.

"Ole Miss, of course, Mississippi State, and Tennessee if they were to show more interest, Alabama and Memphis," said Blake, who is being recruited by Ole Miss' Coach Roper and MSU's Coach Beamer. "Right now, I'm leaning to Ole Miss because they have showed a lot of interest. I've known (Ole Miss) Coach Cutcliffe for awhile, because my dad played for him when he was at Knoxville."

While Blake is more familiar with the Ole Miss coach due to the Coach Cutcliffe connection, he also knows a little about Coach Beamer and his background.

"I haven't gotten to talk to him that much - my dad has talked to him most of the time - but I really do like him," said Blake. "I know that he used to coach at Knoxville and he is (Virginia Tech) Coach (Frank) Beamer's son."

Since Blake's dad, Ripley HS head football coach Johnny McAdams, played at Tennessee, I would have been remiss if I hadn't asked him how big of a factor it would be if Tennessee started showing more interest in him.

"It would matter a little, but not drastically," said Blake. "I've had them in the back of my mind because I have gone to a lot of their games. It's a great sight to see all the festivities around you when you go to a game there."

Look for additional updates later this summer after Blake has attended summer camps at Mississippi State and Alabama.

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