Defensive Back Ishmael Adams (5'10/182) of Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village, Calif. is a 4-Star rated prospect by Scout, and he will participate in the inaugural Cal State All-Star Game in Clovis, Calif. on December 23rd.
Adams has already played on both coasts as he starred for Dunwoody High School in Georgia before moving to Southern California to play for one of the top programs in the country.
"I played at Dunwoody last year," said Adams "My mom's whole
family is out here. I moved out here with my mom, and she needed a little bit
more help because she's a flight attendant, and it's a better opportunity."
Adams is a a rarity in that he's a soft-spoken defensive back, and he's had no trouble fitting in with his new teammates at Oaks Christian.
"I'm loving it," said Adams. "I've just grown a great bond with Jordan (4-Star receiver Jordan Payton) and the rest of the team, and we're just showing great improvement from last year to get better and win the state championship and get better every day."
Adams has scholarship offers from all over the country, and he's gotten another prestigious offer to think about recently. The recruiting process takes on several levels and the pressure put on high level prospects to play in the various all-star games can be tough decision as well.
"I got invited to the Army All-American game. I'm pretty sure I'm going to be doing that one, but I'm not sure. I have to make a decision."
Staying close to home is one of the biggest factors in recruiting, but with roots on both sides of the country, Adams has family closer, and farther away, to more schools than most players. Having family on both sides of the country can make the decision to choose a school even more difficult.
"It plays a big factor. It gives me more of an option of where I want to go and where I will live the next four years. It's hard, because it gives you more options. Some people have offers from the east, but they're going to stay on the west. I'm not completely sure if I want to stay [on the west coast] or go."
With so many option to choose from as a heavily recruited 4-Star defensive back, Adams hasn't truly begun to narrow his suitors down yet.
"I'm honestly looking at all of them, because I really don't know where I want to go. I'm looking at most of the Pac-12, everyone that offered me from the Pac-12. SMU because Jordan told me a little bit about it, and he loved the campus, the coaching staff and everything. North Carolina, Georgia Tech, and Notre Dame too."
When pressed to talk about some schools from the Pac-12 who were looking at him the hardest Adams named several.
"Washington, they've been on me real big. UCLA has come up and talked to me a lot, and also Arizona State. I've been talking with them. I'm always thinking about Colorado, because there's an opportunity for me to do big things up there and come in and start."
While Adams mentioned a chance to start at Colorado, an open depth chart doesn't seem to be a big factor for Adams. His academics will play a crucial role in his decision.
"School first of all, because I want to do dentistry. Then the campus and the campus life, how the students interact with each other. The coaching staff, and the brothership of the team, because I want to be comfortable with who I'm going to be living around the next four years."
Having lived in the Deep South and the heart of Southern California, Adams is the type of person who will find himself at home wherever he is. It's up to the dozens of schools recruiting him to prove they are the best fit.