Adams Discusses A&M Commitment

Just one week ago, many Aggie fans did not even know the name of Madison Central senior Jeremy Adams. This week, tapes of his play however has won over Aggie fans and head coach Mark Turgeon, who received a commitment from Adams on Thursday. Aggie Websider visits with the prospect in an exclusive interview.

Sometimes good things happen to those that wait. Those words are ringing true for Madison Central (MS) High School wing/guard prospect Jeremy Adams. With no high D-1 offers and a mere blip on the recruiting radar screen before his senior season, the 6-foot-5, 207-pound athlete decided to forego the early signing period in November and see what schools would come calling after the season. With Thursday's commitment to Texas A&M and Coach Mark Turgeon, the wait paid off.

"I thought about it and prayed about it last night, and I felt most comfortable there," Adams said. "So I called Coach Turgeon from school and committed. He was pretty excited. The first thing he said was ‘Why Texas A&M?', and I just said it felt like the right place for me."

The latest Aggie commitment stormed onto the recruiting scene this season by averaging over 27 points and eight rebounds a game. Later in the season, Adams scored more than 40 points on several occasions and broke the 30-point mark consistently. He attributes his senior breakout season to being more aggressive n the court.

"We had a good point guard who forced the action so I was mainly a shooter," Adams said. "But he got hurt early and I was the only one who could run the point and it allowed me to be more aggressive and do more things on the court. I think the colleges liked that."

His versatility and ability to score and create his shot from anywhere on the floor attracted a flurry of attention from such schools as Arkansas, Kentucky, Notre Dame, and Georgetown among many others with a who's-who of the coaching community showing up at recent games.

"It (recruiting) was getting crazy there with a lot of coaches wanting me to come for an official visit," Adams said. "But we had already narrowed it down to Arkansas and Texas A&M and we were comfortable with those two schools. The process starts to wear on you and we didn't want to open it back up and go through this another month."

So Adams and his family packed their bags and visited both Arkansas and Texas A&M this past week. His visit to College Station occurred early this week (Sunday-Monday) and he had a chance to take in Monday's big win over Texas on national TV.

"The atmosphere is crazy there. They made a lot of noise and they were really into the game," Adams said. "I liked that they all cheered together and all said things at the same time. They were all into it as one. That was pretty intense."

While Adams was impressed with the Aggie fan base, it was his comfort level with the players and coaching staff that put Texas A&M over the top. In particular, Adams liked what he heard from the head coach Mark Turgeon.

"For me, it all comes down to where I felt most comfortable with the players and coaches and I got that at Texas A&M. It's like a family," Adams said. "Coach Turgeon is a straight-forward guy and I like that. He's also very passionate about the game of basketball and what he's doing at A&M. He has big plans for the program. He'll take us to some Final Four's. He's a big reason why I chose A&M."

Adams' versatility and ability to score from the outside or in the paint attracted the Aggie coaching staff. With the graduation of Josh Carter and the need for several newcomers to step in and take up some of the scoring load, the Mississippi native is a good fit for next year's team.

"They told me to come in ready to play and help out," Adams said. "But they said nothing would be given to me. I have to earn it. They have some good players on the team and some others coming in as well, so I have to be ready to compete."

Adams plans to sign with the Aggies April 15 when the spring signing period begins, and the plan now is to move down to College Station and start working out informally with the team in June.

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