Adams ready to work
The Irish also got a prospect with plans to show up in South Bend this summer prepared to play.
“I’m just ready to get things started. It’s going to be exciting,” said the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder from Warrington, Pa. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to compete with some of the great players that are there next year and the upcoming seasons. I’m just excited to go in there and contribute as much as I can on the field no matter where it is. I just want to go in there and have an impact and set the stage for myself. I plan on working hard and trying to improve my game every day.”
Although he was recruited as a running back, Adams is ready to play wherever the Irish stick him.
He’ll most likely begin his career on special teams.
“They didn’t talk about any other positions but of course the running backs play a lot of special teams and stuff like that,” Adams said. “Anywhere that they put me, whether it’s special teams or a little bit of wide out, wherever it is I plan to try to make an impact.”
Adams committed to Notre Dame following his Irish Invasion visit. He also considered Penn State and a handful of other top college programs.
“I went down for the summer invasion and I just felt like it was home to me,” he said. “You go down there and you want to be surrounded by guys just like you and guys who have the same vision as you. It’s also a great place to build yourself academically. It has great academics and the football team is like a small family. For me it’s like a home away from home. I just made a connection as soon as I got back. That’s what did it for me.”
Adams also connected with the Irish coaching staff, especially Tony Alford, his future position coach.
“He came down to talk with me and the family,” Adams said. “We didn’t talk about the football aspect of it much. He just loves his players and wants to see them get better and improve but he’s also a family man. He cares about the family so he came down here just to show us some love and eat some dinner with us.”
Alford made it clear that all of his running backs are expected to put in maximum effort regardless of their spot on the depth chart.
“He said I have to go in there and work and get better because they’ve got two good guys that are already there,” Adams said. “All of us have to work just as hard as the others no matter what position you’re in (on the depth chart). He talked about going in and helping each other out and pushing each other and working hard to try to make an impact on the field and off the field.”
With just a few months left until he graduates from Central Bucks South High School, Adams is focused on working out and preparing himself mentally and physically for the challenge of college.
It’s not just the football aspect of it that has him eager to move to South Bend.
“Of course I’m looking forward to the season but I’m also looking forward to the curriculum there and the academics,” he said. “I heard a lot of things about it and I just want to see for myself what it’s all about. I’m looking forward to that and the season and summer workouts so I can get better.”
As a senior, Adams rushed 209 times for 1,618 yards and scored 27 touchdowns to boost his career totals to 4,445 yards on 550 carries (8.1 yards per carry) and 65 TDs in three seasons.
An ACL injury sidelined Adams for half his junior season. But the incoming freshman’s final prep year reduced that setback to an afterthought.
“I had a lot of adrenaline pumping. I was just ready to get back on the field,” he said. “First game of the season I was pumped and ready to show everybody that I came back bigger and better. I felt like I had a lot to prove to myself that people do come back from an injury like that and they do get better. I was just blessed to be surrounded by a great team and a family that supported me. They made the comeback a little bit easier.”