Adams Finds Perfect Fit With Petersen

When Trey Adams enrolls in Washington’s LEAP program at the end of June, it will end a recruiting odyssey that has lasted well over three years. Dawgman.com spoke recently with the 6-foot-8, 305-pound Adams about the route he took to UW, and how it nearly derailed.

The day Adams attends his first UW class this summer, it will be almost exactly two years from the day he made his verbal commitment to Steve Sarkisian and the Huskies. Obviously Sark’s staff had been recruiting Adams for a lot longer than that, but his work at Washington’s Rising Stars camp sealed the scholarship offer, and Adams’ commit came shortly after that.

It was a commitment made on June 30th, 2013. Adams wouldn’t sign a binding letter of intent to play football at Washington until February, 2015.

“I’m going to be honest; I think I committed way too early to Sark,” Adams said, matter-of-factly. But it wasn’t the new offers that came Adams’ way after the commit, or the fact that Sarkisian offered Adams shortly after taking the head coaching job at USC in December, 2013.

“I realized I really didn’t like him as a coach,” said Adams. “He’s obviously a good coach, but he wasn’t my kind of coach. I still loved Washington though, so I stayed committed.”

That put Adams in a bit of a bind. He had loved the Huskies since he was a little kid; it was his dream to play for the purple and gold. But had he made a mistake? Should he open up the recruiting process to see what else was out there?

When Chris Petersen was hired just days after Sarkisian’s Montlake departure, Adams got a chance to talk to the new Washington Head Coach. “(He) was a totally different kind of guy,” Adams said of Petersen. “I like him a lot. I like the way he cares for guys. Nothing against Sark, he’s a good coach - but I like Petersen more.

“I talked to him on the phone a few days after Sark left and then I met him and it was perfect.”

That re-sealed the deal for Adams and he was as good as signed. He made it formal in February.

“It’s a little nerve-wracking, trying to get ready for college life,” he said. “It’s pretty weird because I’ve been looking forward to doing this for four years and it’s finally here. I’m just going to take it day by day and learn a lot from everyone.”

One thing he’s doing is getting bigger and stronger. “(The Washington coached) said about 300 (pounds), 305 is pretty good,” he said when asked if they had a target weight in mind for him this fall. “They just want to make sure I stay athletic and can run. 300 is feeling pretty good.”

He played at 275 pounds during the summer, so he’s put on some good weight in the last six months.

The future left tackle has been working religiously with a trainer five days a week, and that has helped boost his strength. When he started Adams could rep 225 pounds three times. Now he does it 12 times.

“I do a lot of running,” added Adams.

Known more for basketball when he first starting playing sports, Adams is still fond of hoops and played it his senior year to primarily stay and shape and keep his competitive edge. “It kept me running, kept me athletic, but it’s definitely all football now,” he said.

That doesn’t mean he isn’t looking forward to some of the pickup games that are sure to break out with the incoming freshmen. “I think Mike Neal is probably pretty good at basketball,” said Adams. “I think (Austin) Joyner and Chico (McClatcher) can probably get up there and do their thing.”

Despite being a couple hours away from Seattle, Adams tried to make as many UW practices as he could in April. “I came to spring practices and then to the game at the end,” he said. “It was nice to see guys like Jake Browning and Henry (Roberts), so it was fun to see the guys again and get closer with them. Henry and I are really good friends; we’re going to room together in the summer. Me and Jake are pretty good friends. We text every now and then. I’ve talked to Dexter Charles a little bit and I’ve talked to Jake Eldrenkamp. I feel like I’ve gotten a lot closer to everyone.

“I thought they looked pretty good, but there’s obviously some spots they need to get fixed up too.”

Adams understands the situation he is walking into this fall. There’s a good chance he could find himself in the two-deeps at left tackle, but he feels he’s up to the challenge.

“It’s a bit weird but I’ve been working hard in the weight room and (UW) has been sending me stuff to work on,” said Adams. “Once I get over there and start working with the guys I’ll be fine.”

Apparently Washington Offensive Line Coach Chris Strausser feels the same way.

“He wants me to come in and compete,” Adams said of Strausser’s words to him. “He says he doesn’t see a reason why I can’t play.”

And when he talks to current players like Charles and Eldrenkamp, what are they telling Trey?

“They are telling me what they did and what to expect, to be ready,” he said.

With his graduation from Wenatchee looming, Adams has plans before moving on to the next phase of his life. He will have a graduation party and then will go to Alaska for a few days of hunting and fishing with his cousin.

“I can’t bring my guns up there because you can’t fly with them, but we’ll find something to shoot,” said Adams. “We’ll find something that has a heartbeat and wants to die.”


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