2008 Intro: Spencer Adams

MATTHEWS, N.C. --- By his own standards, Spencer Adams had a mediocre junior campaign after showing much promise as a sophomore.

"My junior season was all right," said Adams. "Some coaches say ‘Yeah, you had a really good junior season.' But on my standards, I didn't do as good as I think I can. It is what it is. I'm trying to really step it up my senior season."

Regardless, Adams, a 6-foot-1 180-pound defensive back from Matthews (N.C.) Butler, has garnered the interest of various college coaching staffs.

"It's going pretty good right now," said Adams. "Michigan just offered and Clemson just offered … But I've [also] got offers from Louisville, Duke, Marshall, North Carolina, South Carolina, and UVa."

Mike Newsome, Butler's head football coach, cites Adams' high ceiling for the strong college interest.

"Spencer is potentially one of the best DBs that I've ever seen," said Newsome. "He's bigger than the other two DBs that we have this year [Robert Blanton and Eddie Whitley] and he's bigger than the guys that we've had come through here in the past that are playing on the college level now. He is stronger than all those guys and he is much faster than all those guys. He has the potential to be a very, very good next level DB – a guy who can definitely play in the NFL.

"He's got range that you don't find with high school guys. And then with athletic ability being a nationally ranked hurdler I think just adds to what he can do on the football field."

Last July, Adams received his first scholarship offer after his performance at North Carolina's summer camp.

"We went down to one of their camps and they offered at the camp," said Adams. "[Marvin Sanders], he said ‘You've got an offer; just make sure you keep your grades up.' That's what I'm trying to do right now."

With the change in coaching staffs, head coach Butch Davis and assistant coach Tommy Thigpen dropped by Butler to assure Adams that his offer was still valid.

"They came by and they wanted to make sure everything was straight with the offer," said Adams. "So, they came by and they said ‘Your offer is going to stay as it is.'

"They [also] wanted to make sure we come down for a couple of basketball games," said Adams. "I might go down to watch them play Duke. They just want to make sure I'm going to keep them on the list."

Not only will Adams keep the Tar Heels on his list, he plans to keep them very high on the list.

"Right now, they're probably between number one and number three – at the top of my list," said Adams. "That's my first offer. They signed a good recruiting class, I know a lot people going there – Ryan Houston is going there from our team, [and] Hakeem Nicks.

"[I also like] Louisville – definitely – and Michigan. Louisville, I like the way the team plays – smash mouth, high powered offense. Michigan, I like their tradition, they're always in the running for the National Championship."

Before heading to UNC's basketball game against Duke, Adams might attend South Carolina's Junior Day the day before.

Over the summer, Adams is planning on participating in a handful of one-day camps with Michigan and North Carolina being the only definite stops.

For Butler, Spencer spends the majority of his time alternating between both safety positions, but also sees time at cornerback.

"I think Spencer is a guy that is definitely at the college level a safety," said Newsome. "Not because he can't play corner, but because he's got range that most guys don't have. In college football, they like to play a lot of Cover 10 where they keep a free safety in and play man [coverage] underneath. He's got the range to stand in the middle of the field and then make it all the way to the sideline or make it to the deep fade route or whatever he needs to do in order to breakup a pass."

During his junior season, Adams collected 112 tackles including three sacks, and one interception.

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