Rutgers, Bowling Green, Toledo, Appalachian State and Middle Tennessee State are the finalists for Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) cornerback Jarius Adams. Close to announcing his decision, Adams said a decision will come over the weekend.
“I’ll know by the end of this week, but I don’t have it set,” he said. “I’m just going to go over it one more time with the family. I talked with the coaches. I’ve talked to my family before, but it’s just one last time and I’ll be ready.”
Adams visited nearly a dozen schools in June to narrow down his list. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound cornerback visited Rutgers during that window and earned an offer during his visit.
“My visit up there was great, and that’s why they’re right up there,” Adams said. “I really liked the coaches. I liked [defensive coordinator] Joe Rossi and coach [Kyle] Flood a lot, and they have great opportunities with their academics.”
Academics will be a key factor in Adams’ decision.
“We’re focused on academic-wise me being in the right place,” Adams said. “I want to find a good major. What can I accomplish at a school? With football, we’re focused on if I can go to the NFL at that school. Can I trust this coach? Will they do all of the right things to help me out in the future?”
Adams is interested in studying forensics, criminology, sports management and computer science.
Ten schools offered Adams after a strong spring evaluation period and camp season, and wherever he lands will be a proving ground for those that passed on him, he said.
“I always compete,” Adams said. “I always have good character. I’ll put up 150 percent on the field. I’ll show why I should be the person in that spot. I’m going to compete every day.”