Eli Adams has already started to make a name for himself at linebacker.
As a sophomore at South Pointe High School (Rock Hill, S.C.), Adams collected 18 sacks for the South Carolina AAA state champions. But his size (6-foot, 230 pounds) doesn’t match the production, at least as a defensive end.
This spring, Adams is making the transition to linebacker to increase his stock for big-time college recruiters.
South Carolina defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson and running backs coach Bobby Bentley were in Rock Hill last Thursday for an on-field look at Adams and the rest of South Pointe’s prospects.
The coaches liked what they saw and offered the 2018 prospect. Stallions head coach Strait Herron passed along the news on Friday when Adams got to school.
“It was good. It was surprising, because I didn’t see it coming,” Adams said. “But I felt overwhelmed and happy, all in one.”
Bentley and Adams were in touch after the offer was extended.
“They’re happy to offer me and they think I can play all the linebacker positions on the field, and my height is not a problem — they offer football players and that’s who I am,” Adams said. “They said I’m a football player.”
A native of Columbia, Adams moved to Rock Hill about 10 years ago.
“I grew up down there, so I’m not surprised by the stuff, but that’s what I love about it, because I’ve been around there,” he said. “I know it’s exciting down there.”
Included among his visits to Williams-Brice Stadium are back-to-back appearances in the South Carolina AAA state title game.
“To me, it’s a great opportunity, to already get those jitters out. When it’s time to graduate and play football, I’ll have it under my belt, to know how it is to play in one of those stadiums,” Adams said.
Coaches from Georgia, Tennessee, Clemson, Michigan State, Maryland, Syracuse and Colorado State already have been to South Pointe during the current evaluation period.
This summer, Adams will return to Clemson and South Carolina. He also plans to visit Wake Forest and NC State.