2020 Washington 4-Star RB Sam Adams still planning A&M visit
Texas A&M fans might be more familiar with the in-state running back talent that the Aggies have recruited thus far in 2020, but the staff hasn’t stopped exploring its options elsewhere.
One of the biggest names on the Aggies' recruiting board at the position is Sammamish, Washington, prospect Sam Adams II. He recently finished a tour of southeastern schools that was punctuated with an offer from Alabama after visiting. Since the Aggies offered Adams just before the start of last season, he picked up offers from over 25 other programs.
“It’s kind of slowing down,” he said. “It used to be extremely hectic but it’s been a little bit of a relief now that things have slowed down some. I’m still keeping up with all these coaches, staying in contact and taking visits when I can.”
Adams said that he still plans on making a visit to A&M even though a stop to College Station wasn’t in the cards on his most recent itinerary. He added that the Aggies staff has continued its communication with him and things are progressing as he determines which teams to focus on in the future.
“Me and coach [Jay] Graham are always talking and getting on the phone whenever we can,” he said. “We’re always staying in touch when we can and just building that relationship. We’ve really just been working on getting to know each other and staying in each other’s lives. If he wants to give me a little teaching point, he’ll do that, but really it’s just been about keeping up with each other’s families and personal lives.”
Adams’ father, also Sam, was a defensive lineman for the Aggies and went on to win a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens in 2000. The younger Adams said that the advice from his father through the recruiting process has been invaluable, particularly as some teams are considering at a different position than his preference of running back.
“My heart is definitely at running back,” he said. “I’ve talked to some colleges about playing some DB, possibly, some corner or safety. I haven’t heard much about playing receiver, usually running back or DB.”
For the record, A&M has informed him that they are recruiting him at running back. However, while running with FSP 7v7 at last weekend’s Adidas West Coast 7v7 Invitational, he proved to be a very capable receiving threat. As Adams continues to make visits, he’ll be paying close attention to what teams think he best projects at, and at this point, he’s put himself in position to be choosey.
“In my mind I’m kind of getting a feel for who is going to be on my list of top teams,” he said. “If there are some things I don’t really like, I’m figuring out who I need to be marking off. I just have a lot of options, so it’s kind of tough. That’s something that my dad has helped me with to do to help me in the long run.”