Adams a Major Target

On a team with at least four legitimate Division-I prospects, Matthews (NC) Butler defensive back Spencer Adams knows all about high expectations.

On a team with at least four legitimate Division-I prospects, Matthews (NC) Butler defensive back Spencer Adams knows all about high expectations.

"I think we have a great shot at winning states because we have a lot of good players," said Adams. "The big thing is we're one big family. We always hang out and we never have problems. Everybody gets along and there is no jealousy between us. We're just a family.

"We are in summer workouts right now and our minicamp starst next week. I think we'll be ready for the season."

Adams lines up in arguably the most talented defensive backfield in prep football. With Robert Blanton, who has committed to Notre Dame, and Eddie Whitley, who has narrowed his list of more than 20 offers to NC State and Virginia Tech, flanking him, Adams strongly believes in Butler's pass defense.

"I think it's going to work out well for us back there," he said. "We lose Eddie to an injury for a little while, but he will be back soon. It's fun having two friends who play on the same level as you back there. It's reassuring to have those two DBs there with you, and it makes you more confident. It's big for us."

At nearly 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds with a lean frame that is still growing, Adams also has been timed as low as 4.27 in the 40-yard dash. A track standout, he believes the knock on him is that he hasn't been able to make enough plays on the field, although he did record 112 tackles, three sacks and an interception as a junior.

"I want to improve on my playmaking ability," said Adams. "I'm in a position to make ten times as many plays as I do, but I think sometimes I'll start taking plays off. I just need to work on keeping my head in the game and making plays whenever I am in a position to make plays."

"Spencer Adams wins the all-potential award for Butler's class of 2008 prospects," said's Miller Safrit. "He has great size, range, ideal speed, and a mean streak that could create a great safety at the next level. It will just take some time and coaching in college for him to get to that point.

"It will just take some time and coaching in college for him to get to that point."

"He has the frame to play above 200 pounds without slowing too much. He plays corner some in high school, and that experience will help with maturation and move to free safety."

Because of his natural athleticism and physically-developing body, Adams is a hot commodity on the recruiting trail. With offers from every program he is considering, he is just now starting to narrow his focus.

"Recruiting is going really well," said Adams. "It's still the same seven schools for me... Clemson, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Florida, Miami, Michigan, and NC State."

When asked which recruiting coach sticks out, Adams didn't hesitate to rave about Clemson's Billy Napier.

"Coach Napier from Clemson is real good," he said. "He is not one of those real hard-nosed recruiters, but he can turn football-mode on and off. I like that. We can talk about track and not just football. He's not all about trying to find out about football... he's definitely one of those coaches that I like. He keeps up with track, and he tells me how they have players that do both.

"Right behind him is coach Pagano, coach Blake, and coach Thigpen at North Carolina. Those three are real cool about the recruiting process."

One team that has started to be mentioned more by Adams is NC State. The Wolfpack likely have a lot of room to make up, but Adams is hearing about them from one of his teammates.

"NC State... my boy Eddie [Whitley] really likes them," said Adams. "He talks to me about them all the time. We went by there earlier this year before we went to the North Carolina-Duke game and we met with coach Reed.

"Coach Reed sticks out as another recruiting coach. He's all about life decisions. He lets you know that when you go to NC State, you're playing football, but education comes first. Eddie said their facilities are great, and I saw it for myself. They are like North Carolina in that they are rebuilding, and they are looking for kids to come in and turn the program around."

Adams is in no hurry to make a decision. It appears that Clemson is in solid shape, but he still intends on taking a few official visits to find that fit he is looking for.

"I'm pretty wide open right now," he stated. "I mean Clemson is probably somewhere near the top, but it's really close between them and everyone in my top seven. Everybody has a chance right now.

"I'm going to try and take as many official visits as possible. I'm going to try and take all five, but if I can't then I can't but if I can I will because I want to go to all the schools before I make my decision.

"I just need to make the decision that feels best and where I would go to college even if I wasn't playing football."

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