The commits may be coming fast and furious over the next day or two considering there are allegedly a handful of JUCO players that are in Lubbock this weekend. Adams, LB Will Smith (I am hoping for a lot of extra Google hits from typing this name over the course of the next 2 years) and WR Sadale Foster, all from Riverside C.C. which just went undefeated in 2011. There's also the though as in the linked LAJ article below, that teammate CB Bruce Jones could also commit if offered this weekend. Riverside C.C. has a lot of talented players, including LB Zaire Anderson who is committed to Nebraska.
And all of that was just Friday night. Over the weekend, Texas Tech received a de-commitment from OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai, who ended up re-committing to TCU. I don't know why, but I wish this wasn't true.
Texas Tech did get commitments from Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. players WR Javon Bell, OL Rashad Fortenberry and LB Chris Payne. Then, I think yesterday Texas Tech got a commitment from Pierce C.C. FS Austin Stewart, which is the same JUCO as CB Kasseim Everett. To say that it was a busy weekend would be an understatement. I'll be getting to recruiting profiles on all of these players, but please don't expect recruiting profiles on all of these players until the end of next week.
Let's get to Adams' profile.
Offers and Rankings: As you all know, ESPN doesn't rank or rate most, if not all, JUCO's, and 24/7 Sports is the only site that actually seems to rank JUCO's and Adams is ranked as the #60 DE in the country and the #22 JUCO player in California.
Adams had offers from Colorado, Duke, UCLA, Boise St. and Washington as far as major programs although there are some smaller schools that have offered Adams as well. Remember that Adams originally committed to Arizona St., but got into some trouble by allegedly stealing some stuff with a teammate and was dismissed from the team.
The Player Speaks: LAJ's Don Williams spoke with all of the Riverside C.C. teammates, and here's what Adams had to say:
"Personally, I was going to commit before they offered the rest of my teammates," Adams said. "But once they did that, it just made me feel that much more confident about my decision."
Adams doesn't speak in this article, but it does mention the fact that he had trouble at ASU, but has apparently been a model citizen at Riverside C.C.:
Defensive end Lee Adams, who originally followed the Corona Centennial-to-Arizona State pipeline, left ASU after a breaking-and-entering allegation with teammate Jamil Douglas and a subsequent suspension. He is said to have been the model of decorum at RCC, and already appears to be getting interest from other Division I schools.
More after the jump.
The Video: I can't find any video specific to Adams, but I did find the Riverside C.C. athletics department YouTube channel which has highlights of just about every game. I didn't spend much time looking at the film, but if you want to look, he's #91 for the team.
UPDATE | Found some video of Adams on Hudl from Riverside C.C. and it's impressive. He plays mostly at tackle, but he lines up at defensive end as well and he's definitely quick enough to play defensive end. In fact, the quickness and tenacity exhibited in his film is incredibly encouraging. Adams has power and explosiveness and he has speed. I wasn't sure what to expect if I were to have found his film, but I'm more than pleasantly surprised.
Scouting Report: For the year for Riverside C.C., Adams had 40 tackles, 12.0 TFL and 7.0 sacks. I hate trying to give some sort of scouting report when I haven't seem him play, so I won't. What I think we can talk about is the fact that Adams would seem to be the size that you'd want at defensive end although due to the fact that guys like Kerry Hyder, who I think wore down at the end of the year, is also his size, leads me to think that he could play defensive tackle, but I think the defensive line needs more size and would love to see Adams stay at defensive end. There may be a bit of a logjam at defensive end, with Jackson Richards, Dartwan Bush, Aundrey Barr and Leon Mackey all being candidates to play.
Lee, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!
The 2012 Class: I'm not going to update the table just yet, but see the latest recruiting table here, sans the recent JUCO commits.