6-2, 180-pound Spencer Adams has become one of the most highly recruited defensive back prospects in the nation. One of Butler High School's (Matthews, N.C.) talented trio of defensive backs, it is Adams' athleticism and speed - he is a top track athlete as well - that have college coaches from around the country vying for his signature.
"It's going pretty good," Adams said of his recruitment. "I'm not really rushing anything. I'm just letting the coaches communicate with me and I'm listening to what they have to say. It feels good to be highly recruited...to know I have so many options."
In his junior season, Adams, who plays safety for head coach Mike Newsome, tallied over 100 tackles and made three interceptions. Newsome says Adams' strength is his ability to "cover a lot of ground quickly."
In track, the star athlete excels in the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles (he recently set a state record in the 300). He earned the right to compete in nationals with his performance this season (he will compete in the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles in nationals. North Carolina only has a 300-meter hurdle event).
Once he gets to the next level, Adams plans to play football and run track.
"That is the thing I'm stressing to everyone. I'm going to do both," Adams said. "I know it'll be hard academically my freshman year, but I really, really want to do it. I love playing both sports."
Adams' offer list is very impressive. Florida and Miami are two of his most recent scholarship offers and both are currently in his top seven.
"My list keeps getting bigger and bigger with more offers, but in no particular order I really like UNC, Virginia Tech, Clemson definitely stands out, Michigan, N.C. State - Coach Reed is doing a great job, Miami and Florida. That is pretty much my top seven. They are all really cool. Those are some of the ones that stand out, but there are more schools I've got interest in like Rutgers."
Virginia Tech impresses the Butler standout with its football tradition and home field advantage.
"With Virginia Tech, it is really the tradition of the football team when Mike Vick was there and being in the national championship game," Adams said. "They are trying to get back to a national championship caliber team. I went up there with my friend Oliver when we were little for a couple games. It was my first college football atmosphere. They probably have one of the best stadiums in America as far as noise goes. The coaches are cool, too. They are never stressed out or anything."
At this point, Adams is going to take his time with his decision. He does not expect to make a commitment until after his senior season
"I don't have a timeline I'm setting my self up for right now," Adams said. "I'll probably wait until after I get done with my team's football season before really getting into it. I want to focus on my team and what we're doing before I put personal endeavors in front of the team. I'm not set on waiting, though, if I just know where I want to go. I might not take all five official visits, but I'll probably take some official visits to see what the coaches are talking about."
In terms of visits, Adams next plans to head to Clemson's camp next week. He does not have anything else set. He was considering a trip to Virginia Tech this Saturday and hasn't totally ruled it out, but he has been on the road with track quite a bit recently and may choose to stay home and rest.