January 30, 2011

Visit confirms Adams' excitement

While, his background and numbers that suggest he may have been headed to a school in the Southeast Conference, injuries have Bainbridge (Ga.) kicker/punter Keenan Adamsready to sign a National Letter of Intent to Colorado State on Wednesday.

Adams was in Fort Collins this weekend to take an official visit, which he said just cemented the fact he is excited to become a Ram next season.

"I am actually on my way back from Colorado right now, Adams said Sunday night. "(the coaches and I) talked about redshirting this year. (Greyshirting) is still up in the air. I'll probably sign Wednesday around 9:30. It will be at the high school. I have some family coming over and we'll have a little meal and sign the paper.

"The recruiting process is fun and all, but it will be a weight off my shoulders and I'll have another place I can call home."

Adams said since taking over as the starting kicker at Bainbridge High School he has made good on 89-of-93 extra points and hit a 52-yarder to beat Bainbridge's archival high school a year ago. He also averaged 39.9 yards per punt a year ago on 28 punts and due to his hang time, his punts were only returned for 26 yards total. He has been named All-Region, All-Area and All-State for his efforts. He was named second team All-American as a kicker by Max Preps in 2008.

A strong Junior campaign had college recruiters taking note and hoping for even more from Adams as a Senior. However, a blocked punt in week one resulted in a patella fracture at the bottom of his kneecap and knocked Adams out for the season. The 5-foot-10, 186-pound Adams said he just got out of physical therapy last week and has a full range-of-motion back. He is now working on strengthening the leg and may kick a little in the next week or two.

"I am getting more and more comfortable each day," Adams said. "I might try to kick a little bit coming up. Maybe some one-steps. Won't kick fully for a month or two. But there is no reason the doctors don't think I can be just as good as I was."

The Rams are hoping that is the case and brought Adams to Fort Collins this weekend to show him what they had to offer. He said he was one of just two recruits in town this weekend and pointed out the weather and the time with coaches taught him plenty about the school. Adams said the coaches told him a lot about newly committed longsnapper Tyler Gibas and said he could try to punt and kick in college.

"Probably in 2012, coach is pretty sure that I'll be the head man kicking," Adams said. "I heard a lot of good things about the longsnapper they just signed. We should click together."

An accomplished hunter off-the-field, Adams said he holds the world's record for having killed all seven turkeys in the world 15 different times - sometimes with a shotgun and sometimes with a bow. He said he also holds turkey calling titles and is a three-time shooter of the year, according to the Archery Shooters Association. In the year 2008 Adams won archery contests in Mississippi, Texas, Kentucky and Illinois, while finishing second in Florida and was named the Archery Shooters Association's Pro/Am Shooter of the Year for the third year in a row.

Today, Adams holds the record as the only person in the world with 14 World Slams (taking all seven species of turkey in the world), is the youngest person in the world to take a World Slam with a bow and holds several other world marks.

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