The Final Cockdown: #89 Jerell Adams

Jeff Blake-US PRESSWIRE

With just 89 days until the beginning of the college football season, we take a look at South Carolina's incredibly athletic true sophomore tight end.

Jerell Adams
True Sophomore Tight End
6'6", 224 lbs.
Pinewood, SC

Recruitment:
3 stars, 17th overall weakside defensive end in 2011 class (enrolled in 2012)
Other offers: Clemson, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, N.C. State, North Carolina, Notre Dame

College Career:
Adams originally signed a National Letter of Intent with the 2011 class but spent a season in Virginia at Fork Union Prep prior to enrolling at South Carolina in 2012. Jerell earned SEC All-Freshman team honors despite being buried behind returning starters Justice Cunningham and Busta Anderson. Though his statistics were not quite commensurate with the level of preseason praise heaped upon him by Steve Spurrier, Adams certainly looked the part of a future NFL tight end when he did make his way onto the field.

2012 Stats:
9 games played, 0 starts
4 receptions, 90 yards
1 TD catch

2013 Outlook:
With Justice Cunningham moving on to the NFL, Adams should see a significant increase in playing time, backing up Busta Anderson and sharing the field with him in two tight end sets.

Adams has the potential to be lethal as a pass catcher, with a massive 6'6" frame that allows him to absorb blows while catching balls in traffic and then run like a deer once he hauls it in. Whether he's being covered by linebackers, safeties, or nickelbacks, Adams will be able to create mismatches all season long that I'm sure Steve Spurrier will be none too shy about exploiting.

Enjoy watching Adams in the Garnet & Black while you can because he is rife with NFL athleticism and will be three years removed from high school after the 2013 season. A strong campaign from the Pinewood native could catapult him into entering the NFL Draft after his sophomore year, joining a suddenly deep group of former Gamecock tight ends in the NFL.

Trivia:
Adams played quarterback, defensive end, linebacker, tight end, and punter for Scott's Branch High School and averaged a double double and won a state championship as a member of the basketball team. So he might be kind of athletic.

Also, there are two Ls and one R in Jerell. Don't get it twisted, y'all.

Social media scouting report:
Jerell keeps it pretty simple, mostly using Twitter as an opportunity to provide commentary and analysis of his immediate surroundings.

Possible Todd Ellis play-by-play call:
Jerell Adams goes up over the middle on a post route and hauls in the Connor Shaw pass for a touchdown! TOUCHDOWN CAROLINA! The big man runs like a deer, folks, and for every Jerell Adams touchdown we're giving away a John Deere generator to one lucky Carolina fan to use at their next tailgate, so congratulations to Claire Bishop in Beaufort, South Carolina. And remember: Nothing Runs Like A Deere.

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