“It feels great,” said Adams about his Arizona State commitment. “When I visited Arizona State last week I liked the facilities and the coaches. I really got to know the coaches and I can tell they are good guys who know football. I really like the academics there too. I want to major in sport marketing and got to meet some teachers from there. I was just impressed with everything.
“When I called them today with my decision they were all happy and yelling. Coach Randolph was the loudest (laughs).”
Ever since Head Coach Todd Graham arrived in Tempe the Sun Devils’ efforts in recruiting the lone star state have picked up considerably. During his visit, Adams did get to meet with two players from his neck of the woods – another factor that aided his decision.
“I met with Will Earley and Ellis Jefferson,” Adams recalled. “It was important to me to see Texas guys doing well away from home at ASU.”
Naturally, the fact that Christian Sam not only committed to ASU, but did just days after the same visit both Allen High School teammates took, was another significant aspect that led to today’s announcement.
“We had a lot of schools that were recruiting both of us,” Adams explained. “So we always talked about going to the same school, that’s something we thought about all the time. But in the end I had to make sure that I was going to a school that was also best for me.”
The 5-10 165-pound Chad Adams posted 98 tackles last year along with two interceptions and nine pass breakups for the 5A State champions. He earned First Team 10-5A All-District and Third Team All-State honors. He is rated as a Scout.com three-star prospect, the No. 75 CB nationally.
“Adams plays safety in high school, but projects better as a corner on the next level,” said Fox Sports Next’s national recruiting analyst Greg Powers. “He is not the biggest player on the field, but has really good top-end speed and plays with a fearless and admirable style. Above average tackler and hitter. He has a very quick first step that allows him to close in a flash. He shows good balance and coordination and is able to hang with receivers and make plays on balls in the air.”
“I feel that I’m a good fit for this (ASU) defensive scheme,” Adams remarked. “The coaches like my speed (reported a 40-time of 4.37 seconds), my leadership and that I will be someone who will be good on and off the field.”
Adams, who was also offered by Kansas, Washington and Yale among others, admitted that de-committing from Baylor wasn’t a decision he took lightly, but it doesn’t open the door for him changing his mind after today’s resolution.
“It’s a good school and they have great coaches,” Adams said of Baylor. “But I had to make the best decision for me and go where I thought was the best fit. This is my final decision. Doesn’t matter who comes next to recruit me.”