September 21, 2008

Rivals100 recruit Adams talks ASU visit

Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro star defensive lineman Corey Adams headlined the official visit list at Arizona State over the weekend. The Rivals100 national recruit spoke with ASUDevils.com following the visit.

"It was really cool," Adams said. "It was pretty much what I expected from being at the school for junior day and a few other times but it was a little more on the academic side. I thought the academic support part of it was pretty impressive. I got to see more of the dorms, where I would stay, and just more of the facilities."

The academic side is something that appealed to Adams because it was a newer part of the experience of an official visit, one he had not seen to this point.

"Everything I've been told, from hanging out with some of the players and everything, the only way u fail is if you want to fail. They academic support [staff], they live their job and are committed and serious. I appreciated that part of it."

Adams, the No. 97 recruit in the nation by Rivals.com and No. 2 prospect in Arizona is also ranked as the No. 2 best pass rusher nationally from the tackle position and the No. 9 overall defensive tackle.

As a junior, the 6-foot-3, 285-pounder had 117 tackles and 24 sacks from the tackle position, and he shifted to end for Saguaro this season. He suffered an ankle injury early in the season and did not play over the weekend against Agua Fria, but the team is 3-0 and Adams could be ready for a contest against Paradise Valley in two weeks.

At ASU, Adams was hosted by sophomore safety Max Tabach, a former player at Saguaro. The two know each other very well, and have trained together in the off-season with Saguaro assistant Chris Chick.

"Everything he said was really just a player's view of what the whole staff was really trying to get across," Adams said of Tabach's input. "Just being a younger guy listening to adults like that (Tabach) talk about their job on the field and how things work is important, but in my case just especially being a friend and getting a peer viewpoint also was very helpful. It was really cool, he just broke everything down for me. He said it was awesome at ASU, no negatives at all and that means a lot because he's someone I can trust."

Adams said that he is feeling less pressured and stressed out about the recruiting process since narrowing his list to ASU, Ohio State and USC. He has set up an official visit to USC for the second weekend in December and he said he could have a visit date set with Ohio State as soon as Sunday evening.

ASU has been very relaxed about letting Adams go through the process at a pace that he's comfortable with, the 4-star recruit said.

"When I talk to [ASU's coaches] they say how much we could use you, but it's not pressure," Adams said. "Coach Erickson, he really makes it a point to make sure I keep everything on the table with him and he doesn't narrow it to me only thinking about ASU. He's looking at my future. He understands I'm talking to other schools. He talks to me as a person and not just as a player that he's wanting on his team. He wants me to make a decision for myself, whether it's ASU or [another school]."

Adams recognizes that ASU has something that others can't match, but it's not necessarily an overriding factor in the recruitment.

"The sense of it being home and sense of it being here it's cool," he said. "Just looking up seeing ASU all the time, it's what I grew up with. They're recruiting me to play for them hard, and it means a lot, but I also look at all the schools like that. Every one of these (final three) options is a big time opportunity.

"I just need to take my time and sort through it now."

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