Ohio Playmaker Wants to Learn More About ND

It could sound like a Chuck Berry song when Johnny Adams gets the football in his hands. The cornerback out of Buchtel High in Akron, Ohio is one of the nation's top junior playmakers. He is garnering a lot of interest from the country's top programs, including Notre Dame.

Buchtel has turned out a lot of Division I players over the years including Ohio State's Antonio Pittman, and head coach Claude Brown ranks Johnny Adams up near the top of his list with yet another prep season to go.

Stats don't lie, and they show 6-foot-1, 170-pound Adams knows how to find the end zone. He reported 11 touchdowns receiving, two of his three interceptions were taken to the house, two punt returns went for scores, and a kickoff was also brought to pay dirt.

"John Adams is the type of player you just roll the football out and he is going to make something happen," Brown stated. "He can run, catch, return, pass and defend. You name it, he can do it. We've had quite a few good players through Bucthel High School, and he is right up there."

Adams, who has an offer from Akron already, said he ran a 4.37 40-yard dash at the Toledo camp last summer. He says he can bench press 230 pounds, and is getting a lot of mail from Notre Dame, Ohio State and Michigan. He has been on unofficial visits for games to Pittsburgh, Toledo and Ohio State.

"I'm a physical corner, I like to come up and make plays," Adams said. "I definitely make plays against the run."

Adams said Notre Dame tried to get in touch with him other than by letters.

"I think it was the (defensive backs) coach, he just text me," Adams said. "He just text me this is Notre Dame's (defensive backs) coach, I forgot his name, and I got a new phone and lost his name and didn't get a chance to text him back."

One thing Adams didn't lose was his invitation to Notre Dame's Junior Day, Jan. 27, an event he plans to attend. Maybe there, he can get acquainted with Bill Lewis, the Irish defensive backs coach.

Even though Adams doesn't know much about Notre Dame, this will be his first trip to South Bend, he still listed Notre Dame as one of his favorites with Michigan and Ohio State.

"Because they get people to the NFL and that's the next step I want to make after college," said Adams, who has a 2.8 GPA. "They have good alumni and great academics.

"They send me a lot of mail, updating me on things they've been doing, the coaching staff and stuff like that."

Adams is a three-sports star. He is a three-year starter on the basketball team, currently leading the team in scoring at 18 points per game. He also is getting four steals a contest. In the spring, he ran track for the first time last year, and was on the state runner-up 400 relay team, helping Buchtel to a state title.

Adams will try to stay just as busy this summer on the football-camp circuit.

"I'm trying to get to all the ones I can get to," he said. "I don't have any circled right now. I know I'm going to get to Ohio State. I'm going to try and get to Toledo's, because I liked that one. I want to try to get to Notre Dame's, and I want to see what Florida is looking like with them and Florida State."

Adams said his decision could take all the way up until February 2008 to be made.

"I just want to learn, but playing time is important," Adams said of one of the things he is looking for in a school "I just want to get on the field and show what I can do."

Maybe he'll be showing what he can do to the tune of "Go Johnny Go," from Irish fans.


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