An Ace in Football

When football is offered as a class at Saguaro High in Scottsdale, Ariz., it's easy to see why the program is one of the best in the state. Thanks to Scout.com top-100 player Corey Adams, during that sixth-hour class on Monday, the Sabercats team got to hear from one of the faces of college football.

The players took a break from lifting, drills and conditioning, to hear the voice of Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis, who was on the phone offering Adams a scholarship.

"It was really cool," Corey Adams said. "Coach put him on speaker actually. I actually talked to him in front of my team today. We talked for about 15 minutes. It was a pretty long conversation, mostly just talking about Notre Dame and the kind of guys they recruit, and how I would fit into that."

The 6-foot-4, 275-pound defensive lineman appears to fit in anywhere, judging by his scholarship offers. Adams isn't even sure what his scholarship count is now up to, with the Irish stepping to the table today.

"I couldn't tell you how many," he began. "Ohio State, Florida, USC, Michigan, Notre Dame today, Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, Nebraska off the top of my head."

Notre Dame's defensive line coach Jappy Oliver dropped by Saguaro to see Adams in January, and last week Weis left a message with head coach John Sanders saying that he was going to call and offer Adams a scholarship on Monday.

In helping the Sabercats to a 14-0 record, Adams had 117 tackles and 24 sacks from his defensive tackle position. He will move to defensive end for his final prep season.

"I want to move," Adams said. "I played, before I came to high school, I played end, and when I came to high school I had two older guys at the end position ahead of me so I couldn't get anything but nose tackle. They graduated this year, so that's what I'm going to be playing."

Adams isn't sure where Notre Dame envisions him on its defensive line.

"(Weis) didn't talk much about my film, he just said he knows I can play," Adams said. "The other two things he looks for is someone who wants an education, and an overall good guy.

"They're a good program. Charlie Weis is a good coach, I've heard good things about him. They're team is up and coming."

Adams has yet to begin narrowing down a list of favorites. He has camped at USC and Arizona State, and has only seen games played in Tempe.

"I have no schools higher than the other as of this point," Adams said. "They're all equal. I like all the schools that have given me offers so far, and I'm not looking at one more than any other.

"Every school has a chance at this point."

Adams plans on taking all five of his official visits.

"Just a really good program," Adams said of what he's looking for in a school. "A campus where I feel comfortable, and something to fall back on if football doesn't work, a good education."

Adams reported a 3.0 GPA, a 375-pound bench press and a 485-pound squat. He is also likely getting an A in his football class.


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