Life has changed seemingly overnight for fast-rising 2020 Sammamish (Wa.) Eastside Catholic running back Sam Adams II. The Washington native entered October with 14 offers to his name, but has since seen that invitation list more than double is size.
Beginning with Nebraska on Oct. 3, Adams has seen 15 offers roll in throughout the past five and a half weeks, with offers stemming from Wisconsin, Ohio State, Oregon, Michigan, LSU, Penn State, TCU, and Washington, among others. Texas, too, has jumped into the mix, as Longhorns running backs coach Stan Drayton extended the invitation on Oct. 29; an offer Adams told Burnt Orange Nation he was really excited about.
However, Adam’s recruitment will have to wait; at least until the end of the season.
Though he said the significantly increased interest on the recruiting trail has been a bit overwhelming, Adams added that his attention at this point remains on the field, where his Eastside Catholic squad is 9-1 entering a Friday night playoff meeting with Lacey (Wa.) Timberline.
“It’s been a blessing for me but I’m always staying focused on my team and helping us get to state this year,” said Adams.
Adams’ focus on the field has translated impressively to the stat sheet, which portrays why several of the nation’s most prominent programs are intrigued with his upside. Though Adams has totaled just 545 yards on the ground this season, he’s done so on a mere 37 carries, making for a 14.7 yards per carry average, and eight of his attempt have ended in the end zone, as have two of his eight receptions. Adams has added 276 yards as a returner as well, and on the other side of the ball, he’s totaled 23 tackles and three interceptions.
Once the season concludes and Adams’ attention shifts back towards the schools interested in his services, Texas is among those he’ll have his sights set on.
“I am coming to see [Texas] 100%,” Adams said.
“I know that it’s a great place for football and education. Very big time football school with a great coaching staff,” Adams added. “I have never been out there but I would love to soon to see what it’s all about.”
Considering Adams’ sentiments, it would seem as if Texas has already checked a couple boxes on his wish list, even prior to his first trip to campus.
With 29 college choices and counting, Adams could enjoy the luxury of being particularly picky in evaluating which program he’ll eventually pick, yet his list of requirements is short and sweet: “A good education, good coaching staff, and an overall all place that I feel comfortable at and my family as well,” Adams said.
To that end, the early projections favor Adams ultimately siding with Texas A&M, and understandably so — the three-star talent is the son of former Aggies and NFL defensive tackle Sam Adams. However, 28 other teams, including Texas, intend to have a say in the matter as the fast-rising running back’s recruitment continues to gain steam.
At 6’2, 200 pounds, Adams is currently ranked as the nation’s No. 341 player, No. 28 running back, and as the No. 6 player in Washington, per the 247Sports Composite.