Options Unfolding

Maryland native Adrian Amos has a lot on his mind these days.

The UConn commit was suspected to have opened the door of opportunity once more when former Huskies head coach, Randy Edsall, had announced he would take the same position at Maryland.

After all, when the head coach of the university you've committed to takes his services elsewhere, it's bound to elevate the confusion. A very humble and soft spoken young man, Amos plays with instinct and passion. Even the university's motto, "Fatti maschii, parole femine" which means "Strong deeds, gentle words" is a reflection of Amos' play style and personality. However, Maryland wasn't mentioned among the schools Amos is interested in.

Indeed, Amos confirmed he is still committed to Connecticut, but he is also committed to making two official visits to other schools over the next fortnight. A trip to West Virginia is slated for this coming weekend, with a trip to Vanderbilt in the works the following week.

Amos told BlueGoldNews.com that new UConn coach, Paul Pasqualoni, had contacted him and was adamant about retaining his commitment.

"He told me he wanted to continue the winning tradition they had and to take the program to the next level," Amos said. Coach Pasqualoni's reaffirmation makes Adrian a part of that plan and his status with the university echoes that sentiment.

So why schedule visits with two separate universities so close to signing day?

"I want to keep my options open," Amos replied. "My family and I want to make sure I make the best decision for my future."

West Virginia defensive coordinator, Jeff Casteel, has been Amos' primary recruiter.

"They want me to play safety." Adrian said. It's a position he's familiar with, playing it in high school for Calvert Hall. When asked what attracted Adrian to WVU enough to schedule a visit, he replied, "They have a good winning tradition there and I want to experience the environment."

Vanderbilt is the next stop. Interestingly enough, the Commodores new head coach happens to be Maryland's former offensive coordinator and head coach-in-waiting, James Franklin. (Former WVU running backs Chris Beatty has just signed on as an assistant there, and another ex-WVU assistant, Herb Hand, is the offensive line coach.) Amos is interested in Vanderbilt for slightly different reasons.

"Coach Franklin talked about the pros of Vanderbilt. He talked about the high standard of academics a lot," Amos added.

After completing his visits, Amos will have to set the figurative scale in his mind to weigh and balance his options with the three schools. His commitment to UConn currently tips them in the Huskies' favor. However, as Amos concluded, "I'll make my decision on Signing Day." Anything can happen.

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