February 8, 2008
Adams a priority ASU target in 2009 class
The state of Arizona has featured elite level talent at the top of its last several recruiting classes and 2009 is no exception as two juniors are already ranked among the early Rivals100. One of those prospects is Scottsdale Saguaro defensive tackle Corey Adams.
We spoke with Adams at last weekend's NIKE Combine at Phoenix College. Though he didn't participate, Adams was dressed as though he could have, and he was among the most physically impressive players in attendance.
Adams, 6-foot-3 and 275 pounds, was a key player on Saguaro's 14-0 state championship squad. He had an unbelievable 117 tackles and 24 sacks, earning first-team all-state honors.
"I think the season went great, not just for me but for everybody on the team," Adams said. "We barely had any injuries. We had an undefeated season. We won back to back (state titles). We beat teams we'd already beaten in the regular season going into the playoffs. It was just the perfect season."
Along the way, Adams racked up, by his count, 11 or 12 scholarship offers, including verbal offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Florida, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, and USC.
"I really didn't think about it too much," Adams said , when asked about all of the early attention. "Especially during the season. When I got offers, I wasn't worried about it at all. I just wanted to stay focused. In the off-season I can kind of reflect back, see what I did and see what I can do to get more.
"It's pretty cool though. I kind of have a laid back attitude about it. I really don't get excited too much but I'm not careless about it. I appreciate what is going on, but I'm trying to take it all in stride."
Adams, the No. 47 overall prospect and second-best recruit in Arizona in the early class Rivals.com class ranking, said that he has no favorites and is expecting to go through the recruiting process, including taking official visits in the fall.
"I've grown up liking ASU and I'm a Ohio State fan as well," Adams said. "I'm a fan before I'm a player. I have to figure out what I'm looking for in a college and a program, but I have time to do that. Right now I'm just focused on doing what I have to do to keep getting better as a player."
Following his junior season, Adams participated in the same combine and clocked 5.1 seconds in the 40-yard dash, a 28 inch vertical jump, and 29 reps on the bench press at 185 pounds.
"I'm just going to keep training, lifting weights," he said. "Speed training, trying to get back to where I was in the pre-season so I can go into summer workouts strong and hit them hard come season.. What everyone's really been telling me is keep doing what I've been doing and keep trying to get better. I've just been doing everything I can and it's been working since my freshman year so I just have to stay at it."
Adams will be in attendance at the NIKE Camp at USC this spring, and ASUDevils.com will be in attendance to take in and report on his performance.
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