March 10, 2007

Birthday Buckeye?

Mike Adams has reason to celebrate this weekend and it isn't only because he is turning 17. The Dublin (Ohio) Coffman tackle made it public this weekend in front of friends and family that he is committed to the Buckeyes.

The 6-foot-7, 305-pounder was long considered a heavy lean to the Buckeyes but had discussed taking some visits and letting the recruiting game play out a little bit but on Saturday evening the recruitment ended when Adams told Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel that he was on board.

"Just about two hours ago," Adams said. "Just everything about it. Great coaches, nothing like them in the country. They are great guys, I love coach (Jim) Tressel, coach (Jim) Bollman. I also feel I have an opportunity to play there as soon as I get there especially with me graduating a semester early next year. It will be a great opportunity for me to play early. I just felt like that was the right place for me, my family loves it there and it is close to home."

Adams used a birthday celebration with a couple of other recruits in attendance as the backdrop of his announcement.

"It was me, Jake Stoneburner and Michael Brewster," Adams said. "We've been hanging out together all weekend. Brewster is staying at my house. I just announced it at dinner."

Adams has already been seen a leader in the Ohio State recruiting front and with the big tackle in the fold will he look to start working the phone on some potential teammates?

"I will be making some calls this week all throughout Ohio,"

Adams specifically say he would be working on the trio from Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney high of Brandon Beachum, Mike Zordich, Dan McCarthy. Adams also talks with several other players on a regular basis.

"Me and DeVoe Torrence talk often, talked to him today and he is pretty excited that I committed today. DeVier Posey will be up here later tonight , we've talked a lot. Really just a lot of guys."

What does Adams hope to focus on now that his recruitment is for all intents and purposes over with?

"Really personally just getting bigger and stronger, but my focus now is on my team. Obliviously we have a great senior class and we want to win a D-1 state championship.

Adams currently plays tackle for Dublin Coffman but knows that a position change is not out of the realm of possibility.

"That's the interesting thing about Ohio State, they'll play me wherever. I'll most likely play tackle but I won't be surprised if I end up at guard or anything like that when I come in but coach Bollman likes versatile offensive linemen and that's just what I am."

Adams is the second member of the 2008 recruiting class after kicker Ben Buchanan committed early this month.


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