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.”