It’s not the norm for freshman to receive offers from Power 5 football programs. It’s even more unusual for a player to receive one before even playing his first high school game.
However, that was the case with Virginia Beach wide receiver Keylen Adams and his recruitment added another chapter on Wednesday with his latest offer coming from Chris Beatty and the Pitt Panthers. It was a special day for another reason as Adams was celebrating his 15th birthday.
“I was actually celebrating my birthday along with the offer I received earlier in the day from Old Dominion when my head coach texted me and told me to call him,” said Adams. “I called him and he told me to go to my twitter account and he typed in the coaches name and said that was the coach from Pitt that just called and offered you. I feel really good about that offer because I never thought that it would happen, especially at this age and the grade I’m in.”
Despite being so young in age, Adams (6’0, 175) carries himself with a lot of maturity and is well aware of the bright future that’s potentially ahead of him and plans to take full advantage of it.
I asked him what’s the part of his game that college coaches like the most?
“I feel like it’s my route running and just knowing where to be on the field,” Adams told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “Where to get in the zone or a specific way I need to run a route depending on the coverage. I also feel that I have really good hands along with good speed. I try and pattern my game after Jerry Jeudy (Denver Broncos rookie wide receiver). Before games and after practices, I watch and study his college film at Alabama and really focus on how he runs his routes in order to help me get open more.”
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— Keylen “Brodie” Adams (@brodie3x) August 2, 2020
“My parents have always talked to me about if I start something, I need to make sure I finish it. After I got that first offer from North Carolina, I told myself that I have to keep pushing and working hard and see how far I can go.”
Mack Brown and North Carolina were the program that offered Adams before he played his first game in high school and since then, he’s also picked up offers from Virginia, Virginia Tech, Old Dominion and now Pitt. While he’s obviously very happy about this attention, Adams admits that it’s come as a surprise.
“Honestly, this is all a big surprise but it’s still early,” said Adams. “My parents have always taught me about making my grades most important because you can be good in football but if you’re not good in school, than there’s no point. I have good grades and I’m doing pretty good on the field, so I have two things going for me.”