When 2014 Nashville (Tenn.) Christ Presbyterian Academy offensive lineman Paul Adams picked up his first offer from Cincinnati earlier this year, he was thrilled. But when Butch Jones and most of his coaching staff left for Tennessee, he wasn't sure how it would impact his recruitment.
Turns out, it was very much a positive. The new coaches at Tennessee have taken their interest in Adams with them to Knoxville, which is a thrilling development for Adams.
"As someone who lives in Tennessee getting interest from the Vols is very exciting to me," Adams said.
Adams and new Tennessee special teams coach Mark Elder built a solid relationship while Elder was with the Bearcats and that relationship has already started to carry over into Elder's new job.
"I was hearing from them a lot the past few days," Adams said. "Especially Coach Elder, he was my primary recruiter at Cincinnati and it's good to know he's still interested."
Adams played a key role in Presbyterian's run to the state semifinals and said he thinks his solid junior year will only help his recruitment.
"I feel like individually I got a lot stronger and better with my technique," he said. "It was a heartbreaker to lose in the semis to the same team as last year but individually I though I did really well this year."
With basketball season in full swing Adams hasn't had much time to rest, but he said he's looking forward to working hard in the offseason to earn an offer from Tennessee.
"Coach Jones believed in me before and I didn't think he was going to change schools but it's great that he's at Tennessee now," Adams said. "He get to come and watch me play and visit me because he's closer and that's something I'm looking forward to."