February 25, 2013

Adams only short in stature

He's definitely not going to stand out in a crowd. But when it comes to running a race, Allen defensive back Chad Adams is one of those who will leave many behind.

The 5-9 2014 prospect is starting to make his way through the recruiting circles. He's already picked up an offer from Rice. However, Baylor, Oklahoma State, SMU and Houston are among the others who are intrigued enough to want to know more before they extend an offer.

Adams runs a hand-held 40-time of 4.37 and emerged as an essential part of the Eagles' defense which helped the program win the Class 5A Division I state title in December, the second in school history.

"I know I'm not tall, and I'm probably not going to get a lot taller,'' Adams said. "But schools are looking at me because of my speed. I'm blessed that I can do that.''

Speed is the absolute difference maker. Adams collected 98 tackles last year along with two interceptions and nine pass breakups. That followed the 76 stops and three picks he had in 2011. There's no question that his value on a defense is there.

What BCS programs want to know is whether they can put him in a secondary on a play-in, play-out basis. With Baylor, Adams said he talked to Baylor linebackers coach Jim Gush, who invited him to the March 23 junior day and to come down to a spring football practice. Baylor has already offered Adams' teammates Tay Evans and Christian Sam.

It may take Adams to step foot on campus for the Bears to pull the trigger on an offer or to decide how they want to handle his recruitment. It may take a Baylor visit during Allen's spring football in May

"I think I'm going to try and get there,'' Adams said. "They have a great program. They've been winning a lot. I'm going to see what I can do.''

In the meantime, Adams will continue with his track season running a leg on 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams as well as the 200. The relays advanced to the regional track meet in 2012.

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