'Zona defensive lineman among OSU targets

IN THE CLASS of 2009, one of the more sought prospects in the Grand Canyon State -- and perhaps all the West -- is Corey Adams, a 6-3, 275-pound defensive lineman who has already racked up double digit offers including one from Oregon State. The standout from Scottsdale's Saguaro High talks Oregon State, recruiting and what will be important to his decision.

Adams (6.3, 275, 4.86) simply dominated in the trenches during the'07 season. He racked up 24 sacks among his 117 tackles for Saguaro (14-0, second consecutive state championship) this past season.

Schools took notice, he holds offers from the likes of Oregon State, USC, Ohio State and Oregon.

"They mostly said they liked my presence on the field and that I'm a dominant player how I get after the ball. They've said I have a decent first step and that I'm explosive off the ball. No one has (complimented on my hands) so I'm going to have to work on that," said the personable Adams.

Assistants Mike Cavanaugh and Joe Seumalo are running the recruiting point for the Beavers.

"I've met the defensive line coach twice now, and the recruiting coach is their offensive line coach. They're a decent school, a good program. I'm really not too set on any school just yet. I'm not looking at any one school more than the other," said Adams.

One recruiting area coach has stood out at this early stage, although early is the operative word, said Adams.

"I'd have to say, just because I've had the chance to talk to him the most, the d-line coach at ASU, coach (Grady) Stretz," said Adams. "I've just had more chances to talk with him than all the other schools' coaches.

Adams made it a point to mention a few times he has no favorites and said he thinks just as highly of, for example, Arizona as he does ASU or any other school.

"ASU is an up and coming program, they did better last year than they've been doing. U of A, they've always been a pretty defensive heavy school. At least for me watching U of A , they've always put out a good defensive squad," said Adams.

Where he lines up on the defensive line will depend on the school. He could play defensive tackle, the 3-technique spot or possibly even defensive end. Adams said he will be playing out at the end this year for Saguaro.

"I'm going to see what happens there, maybe that changes some minds," said Adams.

Adams said academics will play a large part in his decision. Meanwhile, distance may or may not play a role.

"A school with good academics (is important) so in case football doesn't work out for me, I can always do something off the field. I'm not sure about (distance) at this point. It honestly changes day by day," said Adams. "I'm trying to play catch-up thinking about all this because during the season I didn't let it go through my mind at all."

Adams said he has no immediate plans to take any unofficial visits and that he plans on taking all five of his official trips during the season before coming to a decision.

Among his honors and accolades from his junior season, he was named first team all-state and all-league.

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