Nick Saban swooped in and recruited a player this week from under the noses of a soon-to-be SEC rival. Cole Adams is a 5-foot-10, 180-pound wide receiver out of Owasso (Owasso, OK) High School and he is a player that was very much on the radar of the Oklahoma Sooners.
By Steve Wright
The highly recruited Adams is a class of 2023 prospect with plenty of suitors. He is rated by the 247Sports Composite Rankings as the No. 304 player in the nation, the No. 40 wide receiver, and as the No. 5 player in the state of Oklahoma. Other schools interested in bringing Adams to town included Houston, Texas, and Iowa State.
Adams will bring elite speed to Tuscaloosa. He has a PR of 10.65 in the 100-meter dash and that number only figures to get lower as he matures into his body and develops even further as an athlete. He is also beginning to learn how to use his speed as a football player and his junior season saw Adams bring in 55 catches for 913 yards and eight touchdowns.
The video below is of Weeks 6 through 11 of Adams’ junior year. His speed makes him a perfect candidate for a role on special teams, either as a returner or a gunner. He is also a player that doesn’t just use his speed to burn defenses over the top. The second play of the video sees Adams catch a pass in the flat and turn upfield. His vision allows him to spot a seam against a defense flowing to the ball and when he hits the afterburners there is no player that is going to get an angle on him to make a tackle.
Other plays show that Adams has the plus agility to go with his top-end gas and this will make him a stunningly dangerous player at the college level.