Huskies high on Adams' list

One of the top athletes on the west coast that has Washington very high on his list of schools is Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Ca.) CB Ishmael Adams. The talented two-way star has been learning more about the Husky football program and the school the past few months and said he may end up visiting Montlake this weekend...

"Washington is a school I've been looking at for a while," Adams told recently. "I really like the coaches I've gotten to know -- like coach (Jimmie) Dougherty and coach (Demetrice) Martin.

"I usually catch up with them at least once a week to find out how things are going. They check up on me and make sure I'm still feeling the love and the attention and all that.

"It's an up-and-coming program and I really like their energy. Now, I just have to figure out a way to get up there to see it for myself."

Two former teammates -- QB Nick Montana and OL Erik Kohler - are both enrolled at Washington and he said he hopes to catch up with them when the return home at the start of summer.

"I guess they will be up there for summer classes and stuff, but they will come home for a week or two after school lets out and I'd like to sit down and talk with them about their experience up there," Adams said. "I've also talked to the coaches about possibly getting up there for the spring game, but I'm still not sure about that.

"I have to talk to my parents a little more about getting a flight and stuff, but I'd definitely like to get up there.

"If I don't this weekend, there's a really good chance I would go up during the summer to check it all out."

Washington is one of the many schools recruiting Adams that prefer to put him on the defensive side of the ball and he said that's the side he prefers, but also noted he's open to other possibilities.

"I prefer corner, straight up," Adams said. "Washington have told me that that is where they see me fitting in best and that there is an opportunity for early playing time, but that they feel I could play almost anywhere.

"I like challenging receivers and being physical. I also just like how each receiver has a different move or they are bigger or they are faster. They are all different and that's a challenge I like because it keeps me focused and I never want to let anyone get the advantage on me."

At this point in the game, Adams has offers from 13 schools including Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, SMU, UCLA, Washington State as well as the Huskies and he said other schools are coming by and showing him interest as well.

"First off, I'm looking for academics because I want to be a dentist," Adams said. "I know that's not really a profession that most kids choose, but my brother and I have talked about starting a business together and it's an area I'm really interested in.

"The other stuff - like the atmosphere, the people, the coaches and the players -- that will all play a part too."

As a junior, Adams posted over 1,000 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns on offense for the Lions while racking up 52 tackles, four interceptions, 12 passes defensed and one sack on defense.

He said he would like to take all his visits before he makes a commitment, but could change his mind and decide before the start of his senior season.

We will continue to keep track of Adams' progress over the next few weeks and will update news as it happens.

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