Elite long snapper has OSU on top

WITH SCHOLARSHIP LIMITS AT 85 players, you don't normally see end one college offer a prospect solely as a long snapper. Corey Adams is the exception. The 6-5, 235 pounder has three offers from major D-IA programs and says all are looking at him solely at the long snapper position. One of those schools he officially visited this past weekend -- Oregon State. How did the Beavers rate?

Highly, said Adams, out of Lewis-Palmer High in Monument, Colorado, about 50 miles south of Denver.

"It was actually more than I expected," said Adams of his visit to Corvallis. "Just the whole experience, of them beating USC, the campus, the facilities, hanging out with the players, the whole atmosphere was great. The game was pretty incredible."

OSU leads post-visit, but Adams noted that could be subject to change since he hasn't yet tripped to the other two schools that have offered -- Arizona State and Kansas State.

"Probably I'd say Oregon State but just because I took the official visit and saw them beat USC," said Adams. "But it might change after I see K-State and Arizona State."

The K-State visit is slated for Nov. 11. Adams will take his official to Tempe and ASU the following weekend, on Nov. 18.

He plans on taking a couple weeks after the ASU visit and could then, Adams said he told OSU coach Mike Riley when they sat down at the end of the official visit to OSU, make his decision.

"He seemed like a really good guy and a really great coach. I told him I really liked my experience up here but I just have to look at Kansas State and Arizona State, and then I'd probably have my decision made by the end of November," said Adams.

ALL THREE OF the offering schools, Oregon State, ASU and K-State, are all recruiting Adams solely for his long snapping abilities, he said.

"Just long snapper," said Adams. "That's all they're saying. I just picked it up my freshman year and I've been pretty good at it, people say I'm a natural at it, I guess."

Given that he holds three offers, "elite" might be another word used to describe his long snapping abilities.

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  • UTEP, Oklahoma State and Arkansas are also showing regular interest, with phone calls every two weeks or so. Oregon State and the two other offering schools are calling every week.

  • "Arizona State seems they have a good program down there and it would be a change from my current hometown, it's a big city and I'm from a small town so that would probably be a good change," said Adams.

  • "Kansas State, they have a really young coaching staff which I like, it's pretty close to home, and it's not too big of a city and not too small. It seems like a really nice college town," said Adams.

  • "I don't really care too much about being in a big city or small city, it's just I would like to see how I would like a big city I guess. Corvallis is pretty much the same sized town I'm in, but it's also what I'm used to," said Adams.

  • Adams said key to his decision will be the comfort level he feels -- with the school, direction the program is going and the coaching staff.

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