Kentucky giant gets first offer

It's hard to go unnoticed when you are 6 foot, 8 inches tall and weigh around 320 pounds. Well, you'd think anyway, but Cadiz, Kentucky's Jeff Adams has managed to do just that. It wasn't until two weeks ago when the pile of letters turned into an offer, but based on who that offer was from, Adams could find himself unnoticed no more.

You might find it hard to believe that at 6 foot, 8 inches tall, while weighing around 320 pounds, Jeff Adams doesn't play offensive line. Well, he does or did anyway, but last year, it was in a substituting role. "Our starting left tackle got hurt, so they put me in there for four games." Jeff said.

Ok, so if someone that size doesn't play offensive tackle, they are a rush end, right?

Not exactly.

Adams plays nose guard. Yes, that's right, a 6 foot, 8 inch nose guard.

And, you might be surprised how he did over the last two years. "I've had like 33 solo tackles, 81 assisted tackles, 44 tackles for loss, 15 forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries." Jeff said.

Any questions?

Yes, the Trigg Co. high school star was prolific as a DT, but based on the interest he's received, he knows what position he'll probably be playing in the future. "I know a lot are looking at me as an offensive tackle," he said. "I don't have a lot of experience there, but I guess that doesn't matter."

Adams will get that experience this year, no longer a fill-in, rather one of Trigg's starting tackles, along with playing the defensive interior. As to his own preference, Jeff said that he likes either as long as it lets him do what he loves the most. "I just want to hit people," he said. "That's why I like defense, but I know I can hit on offense to. It's just not as much as defense."

If you asked Jeff about a month ago, even with all the letters he's gotten from schools like Alabama, Miami (FL), Florida State, Tennessee, Georgia, Louisville and LSU, Jeff couldn't have told you what he'd be doing at this time next year.

However, when that first written offer came to him at his school, Adams realized for the first time, he's got an extended future playing the game. "I didn't think about it much," Jeff said of his ability and if it was good enough to play Division 1-A football. "I'm just like a lot of kids, though, because I just want to make a future for myself."

The offer from Nebraska changed his mind-set somewhat. "I just thought that it was a great thing, that I would be able to go to school and play football to," Jeff said. "But, I know I've got a ways to go before high school is done."

That statement is part understanding that if there's one offer, there could be more offers to come. But, it's also a realization that for him, he's still got a lot of work to do. "I have to get better on and off the field," Adams said of his ability and grades in the classroom. "I just hear that it's great to get the attention, but if you want to get there, you've got a lot of work to do."

That's where Adams is at right now, thinking about what it will take to hone that gigantic frame of his even more to get stronger, bigger and faster.

As for the recruiting, it's something that is more a motivation for him right now than anything. "It's something when some school across the country notices you like that," Jeff said of Nebraska. "It makes you want to do more."

"I figure I will probably visit Nebraska when I can take my official visits. But, now I am just thinking that if they offer, I might get more, so I'm not going to worry about waiting for them, but just doing what I can to get better this year."

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