Buckeyes Actively Pursuing Corey Adams

Spots might be filling up fast for Ohio State's class of 2009, but that has not stopped the Buckeye coaching staff from casting a wide net around the country in search of top-rated talent. That approach has led them to Arizona standout Corey Adams, a five-star defensive lineman who has received plenty of attention from the OSU coaching staff.

With Ohio State's recruiting class of 2009 rapidly running out of spots, the pressure is on for several of the nation's top players to get on board while they still can.

One player not feeling that pressure is Corey Adams, a five-star defensive tackle prospect from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro. As he tries to narrow down a list of top schools among the approximately 20 offers he has received, one thing he does not have is a sense of urgency when it comes to doing so.

"It's really starting to pick up now, so that's all the more reason to try and narrow things down," Adams told BuckeyeSports.com. "I get a lot of mail and everything and really want to narrow it down so I can focus more on the teams I'm considering instead of schools I've never really talked to and have received mail from."

The plan moving forward is to try and narrow his list down to a more manageable number by the end of the summer. Then, from there, the 6-3, 275-pound Adams can begin planning his five official visits for the fall.

For now, though, the act of simply keeping the names straight of every coach who has been recruiting him has been difficult enough.

"I'm bad with names to begin with and all these meeting and stuff are for such a short amount of time that it's really hard to keep track of everybody," he said. "I just really look at the program in general and see if it's successful or not, if it's on the rise and if I know anything about the head coach and the other coaches on the staff."

However, one school he has been able to keep tabs on is OSU. The Buckeyes entered the picture for Adams' services at the tail end of his junior season – a year he finished with 117 tackle and 24 sacks while helping his team earn a second consecutive state championship – and have continued to be a presence.

Adams keeps in touch with OSU head coach Jim Tressel and defensive line coach Jim Heacock, the latter of whom has been to his school several times.

"They're really high on my list," Adams said. "They came out, they watched me practice. I think they actually came out two or three times to revisit with me and see how I'm doing and make a point as to where they stand as they are recruiting me."

The fact that the Buckeyes entered the picture early helps their chances of landing him, Adams said. He last spoke with both Tressel and Heacock when coaches were allowed to make phone calls to recruits, he said.

"They're a great school," Adams said of OSU. "Their record is obviously well-known. I've talked with some of the coaches. They've come out to visit me. They're looking pretty good."

Not every school has shown the same level of interest as the Buckeyes, Adams said.

"There are some schools that I haven't really talked to besides a one-time thing," he said. "There's a couple I've built relationships with."

OSU has verbal commitments from three defensive linemen in their class of 2009 – two defensive ends and one defensive tackle. Although he said he will look at how many other players are being recruited at his position as he narrows down his list of schools, Adams has the potential to play end or tackle in college.

Scout.com ranks him as a five-star prospect and the No. 7 player at his position, but he has seen time at both positions during his career.

"I've told a lot of schools that this next year I'm going to be playing at end but I have plans of playing tackle," he said. "I might be moved around among end, tackle and actually middle linebacker."

Adams played outside linebacker in eighth grade and spent time at an end/outside linebacker hybrid position as a freshman before moving to tackle as a sophomore and earning second-team all-region honors for recording 52 tackles and 11 sacks.

Given the choice between end or tackle, Adams said he can't pick a favorite.

"That's kind of hard for me to say because I loved end when I played it," he said. "The two guys who were a year older than me had end sewed up so I had to wait. I was starting at tackle on varsity from my sophomore year and this past year so I've been playing that most recently. I think maybe when I start to play a little more end I'd be able to pick, but at this point I really couldn't give an honest answer."

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