A Homecoming Of Sorts For Mike Adams

Surrounded by a bevy of his friends from across the country, Dublin (Ohio) Coffman five-star offensive lineman Mike Adams watched the Buckeyes beat Wisconsin this past weekend. Afterward, he went out and helped his team advance to the second round of the Ohio football playoffs. Hear what Adams had to say about Terrelle Pryor, Willie Mobley and more.

Homecoming might have been two weeks earlier when the Buckeyes hosted Michigan State, but Saturday's game against Wisconsin almost felt like a homecoming to Mike Adams.

The five-star offensive line prospect from nearby Dublin (Ohio) Coffman has been a staple at Ohio State games this season, but he had some welcome company for the game against the Badgers. Throughout the game, he got to spend time with a couple of verbal members of the class of 2008 and a few more potential candidates to round out the class.

"It was a fun time," he told BuckeyeSports.com. "We all sat together at the game. There were tons of people there: Me, Brewster, J.B. (Shugarts), Jake (Stoneburner), Terrelle Pryor was there, Willie Mobley, Brandon Thompson. It was great getting to see all those guys again because it doesn't happen often.

"It was a great feeling. It's always good when we get to get together."

A 6-7½, 301-pound offensive tackle prospect, Adams verbally committed to the Buckeyes back in early March. Since then, he has been in contact with other prospects across the country, helping recruit them to come to Columbus.

One of those prospects is Pryor, the nation's top quarterback prospect. While they were walking around together on the sidelines for the game, Adams' efforts got a little bit of help from the fifth-largest crowd in Ohio Stadium history.

"I kind of pointed him out to the crowd as we were walking back up to the recruiting room, so everybody knew who he was," Adams said. "It was cool. I hung out with him this summer for a little bit. He's a great guy and fun to be around. He seemed like he was having a great time."

Adams met fellow verbal commits Michael Brewster and J.B. Shugarts at the U.S. Army All-American Combine last June. In addition, he met Mobley, a four-star defensive tackle prospect from Eden Prairie (Minn.) Senior.

Thought to be an OSU lean, Mobley's first-ever trip to Columbus was also his only official visit thus far.

"He's a real cool kid," Adams said. "Hopefully he commits because he'd be a great addition to the class. I think he could be (coming) for sure. I know he really likes it here and he gets along real well with us."

Thompson is the most recent addition to the list. Like Mobley a four-star defensive tackle prospect, Thompson also was on an official visit to OSU during the weekend.

He spent his time hanging out with the current verbal commitments for the first time. Adams said he had seen Thompson's film but it marked the first time he had spoken to him.

"He was a quiet kid but I talked to him for a little bit," Adams said. "He seemed like he really enjoyed it. He's a nice guy. I really liked him too. I think he did fit in. I think he was kind of shy, never having met any of us before. It was kind of a new thing for him. I think we made him feel pretty welcome."

While Adams is able to get the scoop on who the OSU coaching staff is actually interested, that information is not necessarily volunteered to him. Adams said the coaches will tell the recruits about other players they are recruiting if they ask.

As a result, Adams can research players on the internet, read rumors and then get the truth straight from the coaching staff.

"If we ask, they'll tell us about it, but they'll never just come right out and say, ‘Hey, here's who we're looking at now,' " he said. "We read all the stuff on the internet and then we go back to the coaches and see what stuff is true and who they are looking at."

Later that evening, Adams and his teammates pulled out a 28-21 victory over Gahanna, Ohio, in the first round of the Ohio High School Playoffs. Trailing at the half, Adams said the team knew what needed to be done in the final half to continue the season.

"We were only down by seven, so we went into the half and were pretty fired up coming back out," he said. "We knew if we wanted to win we'd have to dominate them physically. That's what I think we did. We had a couple of minor mistakes in the second half by some guys, but overall we played pretty well."

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