Birthday Buckeye

It was "Big" Mike Adams birthday, but it was the Ohio State coaching staff who ended up getting the present by securing a verbal commitment from what is in all likelihood the top player in the "Buckeye State" for the 2008 recruiting class.

It has long been rumored the Mike Adams, a 6-foot-8, 300-pound offensive tackle from Coffman High in Dublin, Ohio was an Ohio State lean, and tonight he has made his true intentions known to the public.

"Really it is everything about the University," Adams exclaimed about why he chose the Buckeyes. "I think that the coaches are better than any other coaching staff in the country. That is not taking anything away from the other staffs."

Adams elaborated on what he feels about the coaching staff.

"I have really never met anybody like Coach (Jim) Tressel," Adams began. "I also get along very good with Coach (Jim) Bollman. They are both great coaches, and so is the rest of the staff."

There is clearly a chance for an offensive lineman like Adams to see some early playing time for the Buckeyes.

"The opportunity is there to see some early playing time or start as a freshman," Adams said. They are recruiting me as a left tackle, but I know that I will be playing some other spots. Alex Boone plays left tackle right now, and I can see myself doing something similar to what he did his freshman year."

Adams hopes that his commitment will be the beginning of a huge recruiting class for Ohio State in 2008.

"I definitely want to try and be a leader for this class," Adams stated about the possibility his commitment will lead some other big names to Ohio State. "I hope it is the domino effect. I will definitely be on the phone a lot with some of the other top players in Ohio."

Adams chose Ohio State over offers from schools like Iowa, West Virginia, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Florida, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Tennessee.

Adams joins K Ben Buchanan as the players who have issued non-binding verbal commitments to sign with Ohio State on National Letter of Intent Day in February 2008.

As a junior, Adams earned All-Ohio honors after a strong season on the field.

He added All-Combine First Team honors after impressing the Scouts at the U.S. Army Junior Combine.

Adams will participate in the All-American Combine April 14 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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