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Adams Recaps Notre Dame Visit
Westlake (CA) Oaks Christian defensive back Ishmael Adams was among the collection of high school football stars that descended on South Bend (IN) this past weekend, getting a firsthand view of the Notre Dame football program, as they battled rival USC. Adams, along with high school teammate, Jordan Payton, made the trip from California and came away very impressed with the visit to the Midwest. "Overall it was a great visit for me. I got to experience a great atmosphere and a lot of tradition in one place," Adams said. "The campus was really nice." It was Adams' first official visit and the Irish set the bar high, thanks to an electric atmosphere inside Notre Dame Stadium. "My first time being up there and I had a great time just enjoying the game," Adams said. "The crowd was going crazy even though they were down. They supported their team the whole way." While in South Bend, Adams got the opportunity to talk with the coaches and learn about their vision for the future. "I got to sit down with them a little bit. They have freshmen playing and so if I come and work hard there is a possibility that I could play," he said. "It's all about what mindset you come in with." The four-star defensive back also raved about the look of Notre Dame's new helmets, but it was the academics that really caught his attention. "The graduation rate really stood out for me," he said. "It's crazy how dedicated they are to graduating their players." The 5-10, 182-pound standout is in no hurry to make a college decision and plans to take official visits to a pair of Pac-12 schools in the coming months. "Cal is probably going to be in December, and Oregon, I really want a chance to go and experience that stadium," he said. So what is Adams looking for in a school? "The relationships of the players, the atmosphere of the game and the academics are the big factors," Adams explained. "Academics are big for my family."
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