Entering his senior season, Corona (Calif.) Centennial defensive end Lee Adams figured to get some college attention, but the 6-2, 240-pound prospect was unprepared for the level of interest he eventually received. Now, Adams is looking at two scholarship offers and several more schools that are seriously interested.
"I have offers from UTEP and UNLV," Adams reported. "I'm talking to Utah, Fresno State, Washington State and New Mexico right now. Everything's actually overwhelming; I didn't expect all this to happen."
Although the amount of interest has caught him off guard, Adams is handling his recruitment with poise. He will finish out his senior season, then start looking seriously at the recruiting process and start to schedule official visits.
"I haven't come up with a date, but I plan on taking an official visit to UNLV right after the season," Adams said. "I went to the UNLV-Oregon State game [Sept. 12]. I liked it, it was fun and I really enjoyed the college atmosphere."
At UNLV, Adams is being recruited by Rebels' defensive line coach Andre Patterson. He does not have any favorites at this stage of the process, but UNLV is certainly a program on interest for Adams.
"I haven't taken an official so I cannot say too much about the school," he said. "The game I went to, they ended up losing so the coaches were not pretty happy after the game and I didn't get to meet with them."
Adams' play this fall is one reason the college attention has increased dramatically. Centennial is 7-1 this season, and Adams has averaged 8.8 tackles per game with five sacks and 15 tackles for loss on the year. In Centennial's most recent game, Adams tallied three sacks and picked off two passes, including one he brought back for a score, from his defensive end position.
"One of our players last year, [Arizona State freshman] Will Sutton, helped me a lot," Adams said. "He helped me with everything I needed to learn, helped me get my reads down and just perfect the position I play."
Adams also possesses strong speed and weight room numbers for a college prospect. He runs a 4.8 40-yard dash, bench presses 340 pounds, squats 470 pounds and has a 315-pound power clean.