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July 24, 2008

Adams discusses commitment to Maryland

By now, Maryland running back commitment D.J. Adams is a seasoned pro at dealing with the media.

With more than 30 scholarship offers, Adams regularly granted interviews to team sites from the two major recruiting services. He also did the occasional check-in with local media.

While the Norcross, Ga., running back always had an interest in journalism, the recruiting process helped Adams decide on the field as a potential career path -- something that helped Maryland land the three-star prospect.

“[Journalism is] just what always stood out to me, especially with the recruiting process and doing interviews,” Adams said. “[Maryland’s journalism and communications program] was another thing that helped determine my decision. I want to be in journalism or a communication type of major, and to be in the ... Baltimore-D.C. area, that is a great opportunity. That's what I want to do.”

Adams got another first-hand look at his potential future profession at a news conference Monday at Norcross High School. The 5-foot-10, 215-pounder pulled on a Maryland hat to announce his decision, leaving hats from Clemson, LSU and Notre Dame on the table. After his choice was made, Adams granted several interviews. Later that day, one news outlet dubbed him a ‘soft commitment,’ meaning he would take official visits to other schools. Adams said that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

“It's not at all a soft commit,” Adams said. “It’s a solid verbal. I'm done with the recruiting process. Maryland is it. [There will be] no other visits. The University of Maryland -- it’s official. That's it. It's a solid verbal. I held a press conference. That's it. There’s no soft verbal.”

Beyond UM’s academic offerings, Adams said he picked the Terps for his relationship with the coaching staff, particularly offensive line coach Tom Brattan.

“Coach Brattan is the best recruiting coach I talked to during the whole process,” Adams said. “Me and him developed a real good relationship. He’s just a great guy as well as coach [John] Donovan, the running backs coach. I got a chance to get acquainted with those guys and call them frequently. The coaching staff, everybody was great. And it's not like they're going to work every morning. It's more like a brotherhood, and that's what I was looking for. That's definitely a plus.”

Another plus in Adams’ opinion was the opportunity for early playing time. Adams stressed that no promises were made. But the coaches did implore him to stay prepared and be ready to make an early contribution.

“They expect me to come and be ready to play,” Adams said. “They expect me to be ready. Early playing time has been discussed. That we've talked about, but they’re just ready for me to get my senior year taken care of and be ready to play.”

Adams admitted that, days after making his announcement, there’s still excitement in the air. While many high school football followers in the Atlanta area were initially surprised at his choice, the community has started to come around.

“The area's still buzzing,” Adams said. “People weren’t expecting Maryland, with an LSU and Clemson and Notre Dame on the table. They weren’t expecting Maryland, but now they're coming up to me and saying, ‘Maryland did OK last year, they’re expected to do well this year.’ Everybody’s starting to understand, and I'm starting to explain why I picked Maryland. Hopefully two years from now they’ll see why I picked Maryland, for the academic and athletic opportunities.”

Click here for Norcross head coach Keith Maloof’s take on Adams’ commitment.

Click here for more on Maryland’s 2009 recruiting class.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 11:21 AM | | Comments (8)
        

Comments

From what I have read- This guy is a beast.

Tom Brattan again cements another big out of state commit for the Terps.

He's one heck of an O-line coach as well. Guys such as Todd Wike, Kyle Schimtt, Matt Crawford, CJ Brooks, Stephon Heyer and recently Edwin Williams, Andrew Crummey, Dane Randolph developed into solid players under his guidance.

hey Matt do you have any news on tavon Austin i was just on scout board and Ferrel from rivals said He is basically down to West va and Penn state and Ferrel didnt say any thing about MD

and he also said Jelani Jenkins is down to Standford and Penn state .

do you know if this is true, i was thinking MD was still in it with tavon at least what are you hearing?

another Question Matt,
is Md looking to act any Wide outs and O line this year and Db.s seems like their not getting any of this positions .guys like pete white and Sean Farr ,were do we stand with them and garvin and Wiseman young

and what about Devin Smith, 5-6 140 wr from MD whats maryland chances with him and wil we offer him?

Tony -- I don't even think Jenkins knows where he'll end up, let alone another recruiting analyst. He'll take his five official visits, so it'll be awhile. But UM has a solid shot, and I certainly don't think he has pared his list to two. As for Austin, Maryland was very much in the mix before landing Porzel and Adams. I'm honestly not sure what the Terps' chances are now, but WVU has just as many running back commitments. I'd be surprised if Maryland didn't get an official visit from Austin.

UM hasn't offered many receivers because they're so loaded at the position. They can afford to be picky, so we'll see on Farr. Not sure about Smith getting an offer. They have a good shot at White. Maryland was Garvin's favorite awhile ago, but haven't heard anything from him recently. I'm also not sure on Wiseman-Young.

thanks matt

Matt, We heard the story about hawkins from Porzel during his commit, how much longer and how heavy of a lean is hawkins?

Han -- Good question. I'll catch up with Hawkins' coach soon and find out.

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About Matt Bracken

Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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