Florida offer a “gamechanger” for Adams

Tuesday afternoon was a big day for defensive lineman Fletcher Adams (6-3, 260, Brandon MS High) as he talked with the Florida Gators and received big news from the coaching staff.

“I had a long talk with Coach [Will] Muschamp today [Tuesday] and he offered me a scholarship to Florida,” Adams said. “That’s a big offer to me and I’m excited about it. I’ve been waiting on this offer for a little bit.”

When Adams was talking with Muschamp the Gators’ head coach was telling the defensive lineman why the Gators offered him a scholarship.

“Coach Muschamp was just talking about how he had seen my film and heard a lot about me,” Adams said. “He said that I was a versatile player and how good I was off the ball and that I would be a good fit down there at Florida. He said that he wants me bad.”

Just last week Adams received a visit from one of Florida’s assistant coaches at his school and that’s when he realized the Gators had strong interest in him as a prospect.

“Coach [Coleman] Hutzler came by to see me last week at my school and he told my coach that he was going to give my film to Coach Muschamp,” Adams said. “When I called him after school that day he said that Florida was going to recruit me hard and that I needed to keep up the good work in the classroom and stuff like that. Coach Hutzler said that Florida would be back by next week to watch me practice.”

Hearing from Hutzler that the Gators were interested in him was something that was special to Adams and something that he never thought would happen.

“I don’t really know too much about Florida but I know they are in the SEC which is the best conference in America,” he said. “I’ve been watching Florida a long time and I never thought that I would be recruited by them. I like Florida though.”

Now that Florida has interest in the Mississippi prospect he has learned from Muschamp where he would fit into the Gators’ defense if he chooses to play ball in Gainesville.

“Coach Muschamp told me that they play a 3-4 and 4-3 defense and he likes how I’m quick off the ball and fast,” Adams said. “He said that I would be a good stand up defensive end and slide down to tackle some too.”

Hearing that from Muschamp was big for Adams but one thing in the Gators favor is defensive line coach Brad Lawing, who Adams has researched a good bit.

“I heard a lot of good things about the defensive line coach and that’s something that I’m looking at,” Adams said. “I want to play for a good defensive line coach that can teach me some things and put me in a good situation. I want to play in the NFL so that’s big to me.”

The Gators have a few obstacles in their way, however, as Adams has a brother at one of the instate schools but he says that won’t play a determining factor.

“My brother is at Mississippi State but he’s really not a factor in my decision because I have a brother at Georgetown too,” Adams said. “This is my decision and I plan to make the best decision for me and the best place that fits me.”

Despite a brother at Mississippi State another instate school led for Adams at one point but he says the Gators offer changed that up.

“Ole Miss was my leader but everyone is kind of in the same spot for me right now,” Adams said. “This offer kind of changes things for me and I just need to visit Florida in June and see what they have to offer.”

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.