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December 23, 2008

Season recap: D.J. Adams

When Norcross, Ga., running back D.J. Adams committed to Maryland in July, he did so after considering offers from approximately 50 other schools.

So Adams’ successful senior season came as no surprise to Norcross head coach Keith Maloof.

“He did an outstanding job,” Maloof said. “He led us to the second round of the playoffs and was the running back of the year for a system that had 18 high schools in it. He’s playing in the North-South All-Star game. ... And that’s why he had over 50 offers; because he can do things at a different level than other kids. He did some great things throughout the whole year.”

Adams rushed for 1,584 yards and 14 touchdowns on 257 carries. He helped Norcross to an 8-4 record.

Maloof said opposing defenses keyed on Adams, but rarely proved successful in stopping him.

“I just think over the course of the year, when you’re a top-notch player and you step on the field and the whole defense is watching you, to be able to still give what you give and still rush for over 1,500 yards and score 14 touchdowns is pretty amazing.”

Maloof thinks Adams’ 5-foot-10, 215-pound frame and power running style makes him well prepared to handle the jump from high school to college.

“He can handle the pounding that a lot of kids can’t handle,” Maloof said. “With his physical [stature], weighing 215 and being as strong as he is, the biggest thing right off the bat is to be ready. ... He’s going to have a chance to play right when he walks in the doors. I think that’s what excited him about Maryland.”

Posted by Matt Bracken at 10:22 AM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Season recaps


Hey Matt,

Our offense seems to utilize the FB as primarily (99% of the time) a blocking back. Is if possible that the emergence of Davin Meggett and incoming recruits like Adams might be a sign that we're going to expand the FB role in the offense? Between Jackson and Brown they carried the ball three times and had 13 receptions ALL YEAR. Theyve both demonstrated an ability to do more than block - wouldnt it add to our offensive options and efficiency if this position were utilized more? I know your focus is recruiting but its got to be tough to recruit HS FBs who see the stats. Are they just basically undersized OL with better hands and feet?

Terps06 -- That's a good question. I think a lot of teams that use the fullback use walk-ons or bring in someone late if they have a leftover scholarship (like Haroon Brown). So it's not a position you really plan for in recruiting. That said, it certainly can't hurt to have physical guys like Meggett and Adams that can be paired with someone like Scott or Porzel in a two-back set. I think Brown and definitely Jackson could contribute more offensively, but I really don't know if we'll see a shift in how fullbacks are used.

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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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