Adams Talks About UCLA Commitment

The four-star cornerback and U.S. Army All-American from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian, Ishmael Adams, talks about his commitment to UCLA...

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian cornerback Ishmael Adams had longed been thought to be staying in state for his college ball.

Except it was expected that Adams would head to the Bay Area and play at Cal.

But two coaches who were the first to offer him, Adrian Klemm, then at SMU and Demetrice Martin, then at Washington, had their initial evaluations of Adams pay off for UCLA, where both were hired earlier this month.

Adams called new Bruins head coach Jim Mora and let him know he was going to be a Bruin.

"I called Coach Mora and told him I was committing to UCLA and he was really excited," said Adams. "I told him that I was now going to start recruiting for UCLA to some of the guys I know and then at the Army Game."

Adams, a four-star, top 10 corner nationally, had favored UCLA for much of the early part of his recruitment, but once Cal offered in mid-Summer, it appeared like they were the front-runner.

He visited Cal two weeks ago, after having visited Notre Dame and Arizona State.

But just days after his trip to Berkeley, Klemm and Martin joined Mora's staff and UCLA made a push for him just before the dead period.

"I always liked UCLA, but I was worried where the program was at (under Rick Neuheisel)," said Adams. "After talking with Coach Mora and the other coaches, I knew UCLA was where I wanted to be."

Adams said being a part of a program that has struggled for the past few years, is one that he considers a challenge that he wants to take on.

"I just thought I'd rather help change a program than just join a program," said Adams. "I know with some of the guys we've got coming in, and some of the guys we're going to recruit, we've got a chance to really build UCLA up."

Adams said he's got a couple of specific targets in mind.

"I know UCLA needs some receivers, so I'm going to work on Jordan Payton (his Oaks' teammate) the most," said Adams. "And Carlos Mendoza (an Arizona State commit), is someone I'm hoping UCLA offers. No one works harder than him and he's a leader and I would love to be able to play with him at UCLA."

Adams said the decision gave him great relief.

"It ended up being more stressful than I thought it would but it was a good process," said Adams. "I'm looking forward to going to the Army Game and recruiting guys to UCLA now. I'm going to visit UCLA on January 14th and that's it for me."

Brandon is in his seventh year with Scout.com, currently as the National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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