Joe Adams, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound four-star wide receiver/cornerback from Central Arkansas Christian in North Little Rock, Ark., plans to announce his decision the evening of his team's Kickoff Classic on Monday, August 27.
"I'll probably make my decision then," Adams said. "I'd like to have a little press conference at my school and make my announcement."
Although that night is less than two weeks away, Adams says he still hasn't made up his mind. "I still haven't decided," said the 39-inch vertical jumper on the back cover of this year's SuperPrep Pre-Season magazine. "It's basically down to USC, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Arkansas.
Adams, ranked No. 34 in the Southeast by Scout.com and also tabbed as the nation's No. 21 wide-out, says that even when he makes his commitment, he still plans to take his officials visits. Although he hasn't set up the exact dates yet, Adams will be visiting USC, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Michigan.
"Michigan isn't in my top five, but I like them a lot too," Adams said. "I've always wanted to visit them and see what it is like up there. They have a great program and the coaches are really nice too.
"I think Michigan has a good shot to win the national championship this year. All of my favorites do…especially USC, Florida, and LSU. But even Arkansas and Georgia should have really strong years."
Adams attended camps at USC and Florida and says the Gators are recruiting him the hardest. "They talk with me a lot and I have a great relationship with (wide receiver) coach Billy Gonzales," he said. "He's a great guy and I like how he uses Percy Harvin. They said they see using me the same way.
"I also really like the USC coaches, especially head coach Pete Carroll and his son Brennan Carroll (tight ends). We have a great relationship and I also am pretty cool with some of the players there already. I had great time at the camp and got along with everyone."
While most schools are telling Joe he'll play wide receiver, the Trojans are recruiting him as an athlete and said they would play him at cornerback his freshman year.
Growing up, Adams admits that he liked LSU, but says that won't have a bearing on his decision. "They are always a top 10 team and I love their offense," Adams said. "Coach Les Miles just runs a great program there."
Adams also says that he is feeling some pressure from local fans to stay in-state and go to Arkansas. "Yeah, I hear a lot of that," he said. "But my friends and family support my decision. They know that it might be better to go to a bigger school that is more recognized.
"Overall I just want a school where I can play early and see myself living for four years," Adams said. "I plan to take the next two weeks to really think about everything and compare everyone."
Adams has 17 scholarships and reports a 3.3 core GPA and a 17 ACT.