Latest UM commitment had many options
On Monday afternoon, D.J. Adams sat in front of family, friends and media at Norcross (Ga.) High School with four hats -- Notre Dame, Maryland, LSU and Clemson -- laid out on the table in front of him.
Adams, a 5-foot-10, 215-pound running back, claimed more than 30 scholarship offers. But Norcross head coach Keith Maloof wasn’t surprised when Adams pulled on the Terps hat at Monday‘s news conference, becoming Maryland’s 17th verbal commitment for the 2009 class.
“Oh yeah, I knew [he liked Maryland],” Maloof said. “They did a great job recruiting him. He felt at home. [UM offensive line coach Tom] Brattan did a great job with him -- recruited him really good and stayed on top of him. He just did a really good job.”
During his junior season at Norcross, Adams shared the spotlight with seniors Devonta Bolton and Brice Butler. Bolton, a four-star receiver/linebacker, and Butler, a four-star wide receiver, signed with Alabama and Southern Cal, respectively. But according to Maloof, Adams more than held his own in the offense.
“He’s the kind of kid who rushed for 1,500 yards [and 11 touchdowns] last year, but in an offense that had Brice Butler and Devonta Bolton in it also,” Maloof said. “He had his carries, but you had to get the ball to all those guys also. So he wasn’t the primary person on offense, but he still got the numbers he got.”
ESPN.com's Billy Tucker had high praise for Adams after the announcement was made.
“Potentially a top-20 back upon the release of our ESPN 150, we feel the Terps may have showed the power-back the most attention and presumably sold him on the idea of being a featured runner early in his career in College Park."
"There is no doubt in our eyes Adams can carry the load in the ACC. He is an explosive, thickly-built runner with great initial burst and in-line power. Ideal body-structure and running style to develop into a high-carry, durable workhorse at the next level and wear down a defense by the 4th quarter.”
Maloof concurred with Tucker’s assessment, calling Adams a power back with 4.5 speed.
“He can get the hard yardage, he has great open-field speed and a little open-field wiggle, which are the three things you need in Division I football, especially in the ACC. ... They’re getting a great kid.”