Four-star CB Adams Joins Oct. 22 Visit List

Oaks Christian High (Westlake Village, Calif.) four-star cornerback Ishmael Adams added his name to the impressive official visit list for Notre Dame's Oct. 22 game against USC. Adams talked about his two leaders, his interest in the Irish and much more, so come inside to learn what he had to say.

Ishmael Adams acknowledges UCLA and California are atop his list, but the Oaks Christian High (Westlake Village, Calif.) four-star cornerback said scheduling an official visit to Notre Dame shows he is serious about the Irish.

He will be on Notre Dame's campus -- and he said with teammate and four-star receiver Jordan Payton -- for the Oct. 22 game against USC, which is setting up as a huge official visit weekend with more than a dozen possible prospects making the trip.

"I'm not looking to waste any officials," the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Adams said. "I want to take a look and see how program is, and what it is like."

A few weeks ago, Adams nearly made a commitment, but decided to give his recruitment more time. He also listed a top five in late July, but the Irish were not on it.

However, that has changed.

"Cal and UCLA are my leaders, and I'm looking at Arizona State, Colorado and few others like Florida," Adams said. "I want to see where program is and where I fit into it. I have an idea where I want to go (on official visits), but I'm keeping it to myself at this time."

Adams made 52 tackles and intercepted four passes last season, and has seen the interest from the Irish increase greatly in last few weeks.

"I've been hearing form them quite a bit," he said. "They're showing they are interested in me, and they're in the mix."

Adams added the commitments of Oxon Hill High's (Potomac, Md.) Ronald Darby and Washington Union High's (Fresno, Calif.) Tee Shepard, the first- and third-ranked cornerbacks in's 2012 class, means competition could be fierce, and the depth at the position could work against the Irish.

"I understand they have two of the top three cornerbacks in the nation committed," Adams said. "It will (influence his decision) a little bit, but it also shows they are going to have a great defense for the next year and going on from there."

Adams' interest in Notre Dame is based largely on its strong reputation.

"The traditional, all by itself, is a reason (to visit)," Adams said. "And it's a strong program every year and they always push for a national championship."

Adams said his commitment announcement "looks like it's going to be at the U.S. Army All-American game." Top Stories