Oak Ridge football player Ryan Adams’ future looks bright.
He’s got the grades. He’s got the skills. And thanks to his skills as a powerful running back, he’ll enjoy one of the best college educations available in the United States.
In an informal get-together as his parents’ El Dorado Hills home Wednesday, Adams singed a letter of intent to attend Concordia University-Nebraska.
Adams’ family, girlfriend and coaches, including Concordia offensive coordinator Ted Hall, stood by as he signed the letter and offered words of gratitude.
“None of this have been possible without everybody in this room,” he said, sincerely. “I can’t thank you enough for giving me this opportunity … for giving me a future.”
Adams, 18, was behind the curve in attracting the attention of recruiters at the start of last season; he spent all but two games his junior year on the bench while recovering from a broken leg. But in 2010 his stats on the field were impressive, especially for an athlete playing both sides of the ball (he spent a considerable amount of time filling his defensive duties as a linebacker in addition to running back/fullback). On offense, he averaged 5.5 points per game and more than 5 yards per carry. As a linebacker he averaged 4.7 tackles per game and .4 sacks.
It was Adams’ pure athleticism that initially attracted the attention of Concordia.
“He’s 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds and runs a 4.6 40,” Hall said. “My son actually brought it to my attention that we needed to recruit running backs. We’re an option team, so we needed somebody flexible. I saw Ryan’s clips on YouTube and added him to our list of 60 candidates. We narrowed it down to 20 and picked Ryan based on meeting him and his family … we all really hit it off.”
While it was Adams’ athleticism that got Hall’s attention, the offensive coordinator said the player’s attitude and personality were the deciding factors in offering him the scholarship.
“Ryan has the skills to do anything we need,” Hall said. “But meeting him and his folks and seeing his work ethic really put him at the top of the pile. We were looking for him, and he was looking for us.”
Adams called Concordia “a perfect match,” based on both the school’s athletic and academic programs.
“As far as the program goes, the coaches and instructors really lay it all on the line for the football team,” he said. “I’m also excited about their new kinesiology facility. That’s going to be my major and I really like how it branches out from the athletics department.”