The Lions are 8-2 this season and once again have major talent at the skill positions. Junior Jordan Payton is already a USC commitment at wide receiver. Senior tight end Dillon van der Wal is committed to Arizona State.
Now another junior is getting some love. Ishmael Adams, a starter on both sides of the ball, received some good news on Wednesday night when he called SMU offensive line coach and California recruit guru Adrian Klemm.
"He said they were offering," stated Adams to PonyStampede.com. "I feel like my hard work is finally paying off. I'm just hoping that I can keep turning in good performances and continue to get more offers. I'm really excited SMU stepped forth and was the first one."
But, the Mustangs don't want Adams to play running back. They would like the 5-foot-11, 185 pound 2012 prospect to play cornerback on the Hilltop.
"I don't know where I will get more interest. I like playing corner more," said Adams.
As Oak Christian's shutdown defender, Adams has 37 tackles, two interceptions, and a sack on the season. Those numbers could improve. The Lions play Friday in the 1st round of the CIF Southern Section High School Football Playoffs.
"I think that I can do about everything. Whether it's running with a receiver down field or delivering a hit. I love doing both," said Adams. "My brother played linebacker so he always showed me how to hit. My dad played corner, so I have put both of them together."
When Adams was asked about SMU being the first to offer, he was very honest with PonyStampede.com.
"I would have never thought my first offer would be from SMU. I didn't know much about them until tonight when I talked with Coach Klemm. It sounds like a great coaching staff with a lot of pro experience," said the 2012 Scout.com 3-star prospect. "Coach Klemm seems like a really cool guy. Pretty funny too. He seems like he really cares about his players and likes to know what is going on in their lives. That is nice.
"He was telling me about the three Super Bowl rings that he won with the Patriots. It makes you think, maybe I can get to the league like him and a few of the other coaches. For him to recognize me as a player is just really exciting for me."
Adams will be doing some research on SMU and talking with Klemm again in the future. He says a visit to Dallas is a "very possible" in the future.
"I want a great education, but also a place with a great college life. I'm not sure if I want to be close to home or not, but it might play a part in my decision," said Adams. "I'm going to study up on SMU. I want see what they are all about."
"I have been to a few USC games. I have also talked with coaches from Washington and Vanderbilt," said Adams. "I know Arizona State likes me."
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