Coach: Irish landed ‘throwback’ linebacker

Pittsburgh Central Catholic head coach Terry Totten has high praise for Notre Dame’s newest commitment David Adams, who’s grown into hard-nosed linebacker.

Pittsburgh Central Catholic linebacker David Adams committed to Notre Dame on Sunday night over offers from Penn State, Pittsburgh, Stanford, Michigan State and a host of other top programs.

In Adams, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound four-star prospect, the Irish added an old school linebacker.

“He's a throwback kind of guy,” said Central Catholic head coach Terry Totten, who has 19 years college coaching experience. “He wants to get you on the ground. He's tough and attacks the line of scrimmage very well. He runs well enough to be in coverage. He's just an outstanding football player, kid, person and student.”

Totten has coached Adams the past three seasons and has seen tremendous growth from the Irish commitment, both mentally and physically.

“The frame was always there,” Totten said. “As you watched him come up through the years his intensity stayed the same and he dominated at every level. There weren't a lot of big changes. It was just continuous growth.”

As a junior, Adams finished second on the team with 76 tackles, just seven behind team leader Damar Hamlin despite playing three fewer games. Hamlin, the four-star cornerback who Notre Dame coveted last cycle, signed with Pittsburgh in February.

Adams also led the team with 3½ sacks.

Central Catholic finished the year with a 15-1 record after claiming the 4A state title.

Adams will play a key role in the Vikings defending their title next fall.

“Absolutely,” Totten said. “The kids look to him. You can't help to look to him on the football field. He's a very good leader.” ranks Adams as the 101st best prospect and No. 6 inside linebacker in the nation. He is the sixth member of Notre Dame’s recruiting class of 2017.

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