Four-Star guard, RJ Adams, talks what he is looking for with Tennessee visit and more
Adams picked up a Tennessee offer over the Summer when he was committed to Penn State. A lot has changed since then, including Adams backing off of his pledge to the Nittany Lions. so that he could make sure he gets the decision right.
Adams will get the opportunity to take a look at Tennessee this weekend for a gameday experience. He tells VR2 that he will be in Knoxville for the 7 PM eastern time kickoff against UAB.
Adams said of what he enjoyed on his most recent trip to Tennessee in May, “just the city of Knoxville, it is really nice there. It is not too far from my house. It’s like 6-7 hours. Plus, it is in the SEC, which sticks out to me.”
He went on to say of the appeal of playing in the SEC, “one of the players I graduated with is the starting D-tackle at Florida, then my linebacker (Antoine Sampah) committed to LSU. I am not saying I am definitely going to go into the SEC, but our coaches have implanted that the SEC is the best conference with the best football. That is just what I think of it.”
Since re-opening his recruitment, Adams has started to take more visits. The Vols could be one of the opportunistic programs that attempt to make a move here. Since Tennessee is a team that is looking to make a push late in this cycle in an attempt to land the quality interior lineman.
Adams said, “they see me at guard and center mostly.” That is no surprise, as it has been a common trend with this Tennessee staff to find lineman that can play all three positions on the interior.
One current Vol on the team has caught the attention of the Virginia native. It is West Virginia native, and former five-star tackle, Darnell Wright. The Freshman’s play on the field reminds Adams that he could come to Tennessee and make an impact right away.
Adams said of this, “I just feel like if I can watch someone else do it, then I can do it myself.”
This weekend will be more of a business trip for Adams, who is working towards a December decision, yet he still has a lot of boxes to check off before he finds the school he calls home.
Going into this weekend with his parents, Adams will be looking to, “see how the coaches act, and how I like the atmosphere around me. It is a homecoming game against UAB, I have an offer from there, and they have a good program, so hopefully see Tennessee get a win.”
Adams has primarily been communicating with Derrick Ansley and Will Friend at Tennessee. He will get the chance to see Friend’s offensive line in action on Saturday night.
This visit will go a long way in determining if the Vols will be a contender moving forward in the four-star prospect’s recruitment. Adams said for a team to lock him down, on what will be his final decision, “it will just be making it feel like family. Being able to see myself there for the next 3-5 years and being able to get my degree. My next commitment is going to be my last one.”
Adams will take some official visits between now and December, and said, “I will probably end this in December around signing day.” The Vols could be one of the teams to get one of his four official visits.
Despite potentially signing early, Adams will not be an early enrollee.
Adams said of what one of these schools is getting in him, in terms of a player is, “an aggressive player on the offensive and defensive line. I am nasty and athletic. I feel like I just get off the ball and do work.”
Adams holds over 30 scholarship offers, is an Under Armour All-American game commit, and rated as the Number 12 offensive guard in America, according to Rivals.
Matt Ray is the managing content editor for VR2. He founded VR2 in November of 2017. He is an FWAA Member and covers Tennessee prospects across the country from the Opening Regional Camp series to Under Armour All-American game and everything in between.