Tick tock, tick tock.
With the recent attention being shown, D.J. Adams anticipated the Notre Dame offer coming soon, but he wasn't sure when. After Maloof gave him the news, it was all the 5-foot-10, 200-pound Norcross, Ga. product could think about for three hours.
"I've been thinking about it all day," Adams said. He now has 16 scholarship offers. "Thinking about the fact of being offered by Notre Dame. That opens up a lot. Notre Dame is actually a school you always see on TV, had a whole bunch of greats go there. That is definitely a visit, unofficially and officially a visit."
Playing for one of the top high school programs in the state, Adams quickly jumped onto a lot of college programs' recruiting radars. He holds offers from the likes of Boston College, Rutgers, Clemson, Maryland, Wake Forest, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Mississippi State.
But the first school to take notice was Notre Dame.
"Actually Notre Dame is the main, all the letters at the beginning, they were the only people I was getting stuff from," Adams said. "Coach Maloof was telling me he had been getting some phone calls from Notre Dame, and he missed some calls, and he had been talking to coach (Bill) Lewis and he had been asking about me."
Playing in the same high-powered offense as USC signee Brice Butler, Alabama signee Devonta Bolton and classmate Prince Kent, Adams ran 204 times for 1,462 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also caught 12 passes for 100 yards and two more scores.
Weis and Adams were only able to talk for a minute or two.
"He just said congrats and that they've been looking at my tape." Adams said. "He said this was in the making, a long time coming. He was kind of in a rush and told me to call him back tomorrow. I look forward to that. This has been crazy."
Adams said his mother doesn't know much about college football, but she knows Notre Dame.
"My mom was excited," Adams stated. "When she does see football on television, she sees Notre Dame, so that rang a bell with her."
Adams has taken visits to Clemson, Auburn, Maryland and Alabama. He has a trip to Rutgers planned for next week, and a tentative plan for Wake Forest in the future. Adams is now trying to figure out a way to get up to Notre Dame in the next month.
"Definitely," he said. "The little conversation me and my Mom had, we were already working on that. She is checking out flights now."
Adams reports a bench press of 365 pounds, and a squat of 535 pounds. He has run a 4.48 laser time in the 40-yard dash. Florida State, Missouri and Purdue are three more schools that could offer Adams soon.
"Most of the schools are saying how I'm big, off the tape they've seen, the speed and I can do both, run over people and run by them."
Adams doesn't know much about Notre Dame himself, but a few people he knows has said very positive things.
"Just stuff from TV, and Brice Butler went up there," Adams said. "He is one of my closest friends, and he went on a visit up there. He told me a lot about it. I'm actually good friends with Omar (Hunter), he changed up a little bit, but he told me a lot. They all say real nice things.
"They said the facilities are real nice, the coaching staff, one of the best coaching staffs. My weight training coach in high school is real good friends with the weight trainer up there. He said they have an excellent weight program.
"I'm going to have to get up there and meet everybody."
Already invited to play in the Under Armour All-American game, Adams is still waiting to hear back from the U.S. Army All-American game before weighing his options. As far as a college commitment goes, Adams would like to decide before the start of his senior season.
He now has a written offer from Notre Dame to consider.