The term "offseason" for an elite high school football player is almost nonexistent. With camps, showcase events and other avenues to perfect their craft, football standouts in the prep ranks never have a shortage of time to get better from one year to the next. These sentiments hold true for 6'2, 225-pound linebacker David Adams. The No. 2 ranked inside linebacker in the 2017 class knows what it takes to take his game to the next level at such a young age.
"The offseason has been good," said Adams. "A lot of lifting and speed training. Working real hard to be the best I can be."
Maryland got involved recently with Adams, along with Central Catholic teammate Chris Thorpe, and the standout duo both received the good news from Maryland coaches about a scholarship offer.
"Me and CJ Thorpe got called down to the office and one of our football coaches who works in the school too told us to call the Maryland coach," said Adams. "We called and coach Studrawa offered us.
"I was excited. I like what Maryland is doing with their program. Every opportunity is a blessing.?
Adams, a four-star recruit according to the 247sports Composite, holds seven offers so far, and has many other schools interested such as Michigan, Stanford, Duke, Louisville, Wisconsin andmore.
Due to NCAA restrictions to coaches having contact with underclassmen via telephone, Adams says that each school comes to visit him frequently and that there is no school in particular that he hears from the most. As far as the school that stands out and has had the most powerful message thus far, Adams was excited about the opportunity a Maryland rival has shared with him.
"That's a hard question because I like every school in a different way, but I think Penn State is giving me the best message so far," he said. "They truly believe I can be the best linebacker to come out of Linebacker U."
Having been to Happy Valley multiple times, Adams has grown to appreciate all that is offered by the Nittany Lions.
"I've always wanted to play in a big college stadium and their stadium is huge," he said. "I just love PSU overall. Same with all my other offers. I like them all very much."
Adams has not developed a concrete schedule for upcoming visits, but has hopes of clearing out time to visit multiple campuses.
"I have nothing set up as of right now. We are not sure yet," he said. "Definitely got to get up to Maryland sometime, and would like to visit OSU, MSU, and a couple other schools in the future."
As a young linebacker, Adams has realized what currently works for his style of play and what areas need sharpened as his high school career continues. The prospect states that his strengths are "My tackling ability, my strength and my ability to find the ball no matter what." Adams acknowledged his areas for improvement consist of "Getting off blocks more and I have to get faster. Those two things I definitely have to improve on."
Adams hopes to announce his college decision, "sometime after my junior football season." "I think that will be the right time for me."