Following three-star running back Josh Adams' commitment to Notre Dame on Monday, Irisheyes provides a player breakdown, recruiting recap, quotables, and big picture implications surrounding Notre Dame recruiting
Profile: Josh Adams
Location: Warrington (Pa.) Central Bucks South
Rank: Three-star (outside linebacker), No. 34 OLB in 2015
Adams is coming off a torn ACL suffered as a junior. He can play running back, receiver or even safety or linebacker in college. He runs well, changes direction nicely and has good vision. He is a patient runner who is willing to let his linemen do their jobs and then find the hole. He has breakaway speed and is smooth and effortless in the open field. Adding size and strength will be crucial for him moving to college. – National recruiting analyst, Brian Dohn
Prior to his ACL tear six games into his junior year, Adams had rushed for a team-high 708 yards and 10 scores.
Adams held an offer from Penn State entering last season and had also garnered serious interest from Rutgers. Adams was injured in early October, but not before he picked up offers from Boston College, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Penn State and Pittsburgh.
Academics got Adams interested in Notre Dame, and he also cultivated a strong relationship with Harry Hiestand and Tony Alford. Despite Penn State being regarded as a favorite to land Adams, Notre Dame always seemed like an ideal fit. It was merely a matter of getting Adams on campus. He visited Pittsburgh (where his sister attends) and Penn State this past spring
Adams' first trip to Notre Dame did not occur until Irish Invasion in June. Notre Dame took a giant leap up his list following his visit.
"They (Notre Dame staff) really like my film and the diversity that I could bring to the team," Adams said. "They said that I have great speed for a tall guy and how I can make plays out of nowhere. You don't see many running backs over 6-feet running downhill."
"A lot of my coaching staff has been there (Notre Dame), and they say it's a great place," Adams said. "They say it's a great place to play at and the feel of campus is great. Whatever they say must be true because I know they are guiding me in the right direction. I'm excited to get out there."
"They talked about using me at running back and on the offensive side, and I just wanted to get a chance to compete and get the opportunity at that position," Adams said. "That really did it for me."
"It was just a great experience for me going there," Adams said. "I had a great time outside of it, and when I got home, I started thinking about it and comparing schools and thinking about how it could be in the future."
What this means for Notre Dame
Notre Dame now has 15 commits in its 2014 class. Big picture, Notre Dame still has room for six to eight more prospects. Depending on how the remaining dominoes fall for this class, Notre Dame has the potential to add (not inclusive) one quarterback, one running back, two wide receivers, two defensive ends, one cornerback, and two linebackers.
Notre Dame is not done at running back, regardless of where it adds elsewhere in this class. Since the Irish did not sign a running back in last year's class, running back is a position of emphasis in 2015.
Notre Dame is the leader for four-star running back Ty'Son Williams of Sumter (S.C.) Crestwood, who could announce this summer. The Irish are also in good position to land four-star running back Soso Jamabo of Plano (Texas) Plano West, who gave Notre Dame a rave review following his visit to campus this summer.
Four-star running back/slot wide receiver Malik Lovette of Redlands (Calif.) East Valley plans to take an official visit Notre Dame in the fall. He consistently lists the Irish among the teams recruiting him the hardest.
Running back Jacques Patrick is an option, though Notre Dame is running behind Alabama and Florida State.
Notre Dame's running back depth in 2014
Senior – Cam McDaniel
Junior – None
Sophomore –Tarean Folston, Greg Bryant (RS)
Freshman - None