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Better Know A Freshman: Alex Adams

A speedster more talented than his ranking.

Chuck Barnes, Enterprise Journal

With almost every class, you see a lowly ranked, talented player rise and become a starter. It is important, when looking at the bottom of a class, to recognize that lower down players break through their rankings and become effective starters. From Tyrann Mathieu to DJ Chark and Justin Jefferson, LSU has no shortage of recruiting afterthoughts emerge. I’m not saying Alex Adams is that, but he is a very talented football player who I think could see the field during his time at LSU. The guy is a PROBLEM in space and has a solid frame. As I often lament, it is difficult to impossible to examine the minutia of a player’s game that paint a picture of their ability with only brief highlight tape. That said, this guy looks like a talent worth following.

The Story

Alex Adams was originally committed to Mississippi State. After his commitment, he picked up offers from Tennessee, Florida State, and Arkansas. He decommitted from Miss State on May 8th, 2019 (ironically, he’d be a great fit there right now with Mike Leach and a void at receiver). Several months later, a couple weeks after LSU won the National Title, he committed to LSU where he would sign.

The Numbers

Five-stars (98-110 rating): The top 32 players in the country to mirror the 32 first round picks in the NFL Draft. These are 32 players that we believe are the most likely to be drafted in the first round from each recruiting class. The full list of 32 with five-star ratings typically isn’t complete until the final ranking. Any player with a rating of more than 100 is considered a “franchise player” and one that does not come around in every recruiting class.

Four-stars (90-97 rating): These are players that we believe are the most likely to produce college careers that get them drafted. By National Signing Day, this number is typically in the range of 350 prospects, roughly the top 10 percent of prospects in a given class.

Three-stars (80-89 rating): This is where the bulk of college football prospects are found and it incorporates a large range of ability levels, all of whom we consider as possible NFL players long term.

Two-stars (70-79 rating): These are prospects that we consider to be FBS-level players with very limited NFL potential.

247 Composite Ranking: ***

247 Composite Rating: .8863

The Film

As you can see, the guy is an absolute BURNER. Adams’ best quality is his ability to torch angles and house anything with a little bit of space. He is quietly tough to bring down, and laterally agile as well. His speed allows him to eat up cushion quickly on his routes and blow by flat-footed corners. He has a pretty good frame at 6’1, and shows the ability to go up and make catches in traffic.

High End: Breaks through and gets himself some meaningful snaps, becomes a deadly dangerous punt returner, and puts together a very nice college highlight reel.

Low End: Can’t really crack through a deep receiver room, transfers.

Realistic: I think Alex Adams will become like a Derrick Dillon, somebody who isn’t a centerpiece or even a starter, but sees the field and makes a handful of flash plays throughout his career.