Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Dwyer three-star prospect Jarius Adams faced one of the noisier January recruitments for a Rutgers prospect. After Jim Harbaugh took over at Michigan and quickly offered Adams, the 5-foot-11 cornerback explored other options.
Adams took his decision into Signing Day before Rutgers won out over the Wolverines and Wisconsin Badgers.
It came down to the people.
“At the end of the day, it was a hard choice,” said Adams, who joins the Rutgers roster Tuesday. “Every school was a great school, and they were all good academically. They had good football teams. I just prayed about it, and Rutgers was the best choice for me. I have a great relationship with the coaches.
“On most of my other visits, I was pretty much by myself. At Rutgers, I got to know all of the players. I knew I could look forward to learning from them.”
Adams chose Rutgers for multiple reasons, but stated that academics sit near the top of the list. He begins his path to a college degree next week, where he holds interest in computer science.
“I’m proud that I got this done in high school,” he said.” My family has been pushing me to it. A lot of people in my family haven’t graduated or reached this point to go off to school. I just want to make my whole family proud, and hopefully get to the next level to make everyone even prouder. Rutgers is a big step.”
Adams throws his name into the competition at cornerback where playing time is up for grabs in training camp.
“I see opportunity,” Adams said. “I look at their corner spots and I noticed that not all of the starters are back. It’s the perfect time to show what I have and get to business on the field. I’m ready to showcase my talents.”