It's been another busy week on the recruiting trail for Syracuse football, as the program picked up yet another verbal commitment. Connecticut offensive lineman Evan Adams made the call last night, making him the 11th member of the class of 2015.
First, the vital information: Adams is 6'6" and 300 pounds, and our second commitment from the state of Connecticut in the span of a few days. As explained in the Stephen Bailey piece above, his Norwalk High School coach sent the Orange staff a highlight reel back in December, and it was new O-line coach Joe Adam who sealed the deal. It's Adam's first recruit for SU -- well done, coach!
Now, the highly entertaining info: Adams visited the
Terps Derps on Thursday, and on his way back from Maryland, he made up his mind to commit to Syracuse. As mentioned in the comments last night, I can't blame him there. After seeing a game in College Park last season, I also wanted to commit to Syracuse.
Adams chose the Orange over offers from Maryland (see above), UMass (not a football program) and Connecticut (uh oh...). If you wanted a glimpse at the state of UConn football right now, just take a look at this past week. Connecticut has a VERY limited D-I talent pool, and yet SU can just waltz in and grab whomever it wants from the area, while the Huskies are left to pick up the pieces. Doesn't bode well for that program, obviously...
While Adams hasn't been assigned any arbitrary star ratings just yet, that's likely to change soon. He did receive four D-I offers, and now that he's committed, those stars usually show up some way or another. Last season, he played both guard and tackle (but primarily guard). It would seem that SU would plug him in at guard as well -- though we're still a long way out from that.
According to his coach, Sean Ireland, "He brings that mean streak on the field. He doesn't want to block you, he wants to bury you." Ireland also made sure to mention to Syracuse.com, "When you look at him, he's not like this overweight, lumbering kid. He's athletic enough to play wherever."
Adams is the fourth O-linemen of the 2015 class, which is shaping up rather nicely early in the game. Though the Orange are still without that real blue-chip recruit, it's a quality group thus far that has SU ranked 45th right now in the Rivals rankings.
So check out some highlights of Adams below, and welcome to Syracuse, Evan!