‘Dogs Land Wideout

‘Dogs Land Wideout

Fresno State will have a loaded wide receiver corps in 2011 despite losing two players from last season's unit. And the Bulldogs continue to restock as one of the top wideouts in Northern California gave head coach Pat Hill a verbal commitment while on his official visit…

Palo Alto (Calif.) wide receiver Davante Adams led the CIF State champions with 64 receptions and 1,094 yards receiving with 12 touchdowns. He was also named league Outstanding WR and Offensive Player of the Year.

However, the 6-foot-2, 192-pound prospect didn't garner as much recruiting attention as one would expect for kid his size that runs a 4.48 forty and has a 41-42" vertical jump.

"I know that in school early on, I had some bumps and bruises here and there," Adams said about his academic shortfalls that inhibited his recruitment. "I started to pick it up later in school. Cal talked to my head coach, they said they were going to offer me but didn't want to hassle if my academics weren't in order."

Despite the "bumps and bruises," Adams expects to qualify per NCAA Clearinghouse standards. "I get my SAT results Saturday. I feel good about qualifying."

That's great for Fresno State, who Adams will sign with on Wednesday.

"I committed after my trip," said Adams. "They offered about a week before my trip."

Fresno State wide receiver coach Keith Williams was his main recruiter, but Adams sat down with Bulldog head coach Pat Hill at the end of his trip for one final meeting this past weekend.

"We just went over my transcripts for the last time. He talked about the offer, and the signing day process. That's when I told him I was going to sign with them on Wednesday."

Besides the Bulldogs, Adams held an offer from San Diego State. He says he lost contact with the Aztecs after head coach Brady Hoke left for Michigan. Eastern Washington, Hawaii, and Nevada also showed interest.

"I really liked the coaches, they're really laid back," Adams said about Fresno State. "I know it's their job to make [Fresno State] standout, but they really sold it to me. They seemed really interest in having me there. I liked the campus. I liked the players. I plan on having some fun and getting some stuff accomplished down there academically."

Adams is also a talented basketball player that is considering walking on the Bulldog basketball team. But he admits he hasn't spoken to either head coach about it. Santa Clara was the first school to show interest in him on the hardwood as sophomore. But he says the basketball interest wasn't as serious as football.

After all, football is the sport Adams helped lead the Vikings to an unprecedented season. "We had a really bad first game against Burlingame, but after that game we knew we had work to put in," Adams added. "After we beat [Archbishop] Mitty, we knew we could beat West Catholic schools, we could beat any team on our schedule."

An unbeaten regular season followed then a rematch with Mitty in the first round of the CIF Central Coast Section playoffs. "That was an ugly game," added Adams. Palo Alto won 13-10 and it set up a semifinal matchup with Bellarmine Prep, which the Vikings made a statement winning 35-0. "We knew we had to prove a point to those West Catholic teams."

Palo Alto would complete their perfect season with a 21-14 win over Valley Christian for the CCS title and a 15-13 victory over Corona (Calif.) Centennial in the state championship game.

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