Georgia Tech OL commit Will Adams gets last-minute offer from UGA

Will Adams is committed to Georgia Tech but will reportedly visit Auburn this weekend (Photo courtesy of Allyson Merrill)

Will Adams is committed to Georgia Tech but will reportedly visit Auburn this weekend (Photo courtesy of Allyson Merrill)

OL Will Adams, who admitted that he was a lifelong UGA fan before committing to Georgia Tech last summer, said that he was offered a last-minute scholarship by the Bulldogs on Thursday.

The 6-foot-6, 280-pound offensive lineman plays at Sandy Creek, the same high school as WR JaQuay Williams – who is a longtime Auburn commitment that UGA is trying to flip before next week’s signing day.

An entourage of UGA coaches, led by Mark Richt, showed up at Sandy Creek on Wednesday to visit with JaQuay. They also reportedly made a last-second offer to Adams.

“It’s true,” Adams said in the text message about the UGA offer.

There were rumors that Adams may talk to Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson about making a visit to another school this weekend — not UGA but Auburn.  Adams declined an interview request. “Not today. There’s a lot going with me as far as recruiting tonight.”

After confirming at Auburn had also offered him a last-minute scholarship on Thursday, we had one last question for Adams: Are you still committed to Georgia Tech?

And his answer was … “I’m still committed.”

Story developing: Check back for updates.

  • UPDATE (Friday 12:08 a.m.): JacketsOnline reported that Will Adams will visit Auburn this weekend but is still committed to Georgia Tech.
  • UPDATE (Friday 12:23 a.m.): Will Adams said in a text to the AJC “I don’t know if I’m visiting Auburn yet. But yes, I’m still a Ramblin Wreck.”

Flashback to last July: Here’s an excerpt on the AJC story on Will Adams when he committed to Georgia Tech last summer. You can click here to read the entire story.

Ironically, Adams will be playing for the archrival of his childhood favorite, UGA. Adams is a lifelong Georgia fan and said he always had dreams about playing for the Bulldogs. He had interest from UGA but was never offered. Adams took the pragmatic approach to switching sides.

“When scholarship offers start rolling in, as a recruit, you have to take the fan side completely out of the picture,” Adams explained. “The fan in me wanted to play for Georgia. But the rest of me wanted to go to a school and play football where I was wanted. I could say some things about Georgia, but they got who they needed on the offensive line. You know, that’s fine how everything worked out. I just realized maybe that Georgia was not the place for me. Once I had that thought in my head, I realized that it wasn’t the place for me. Then my decision for Georgia Tech got so much easier for me.”

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468 comments Add your comment

Jaxdawg

January 26th, 2012
11:02 pm

Go dawgs and play for a winner.

dawg deal

January 26th, 2012
11:03 pm

UGA v. tech? are you serious? he would be a fool to turn down an offer from UGA, an elite program. Tech’s minor league–they may not win 7 games next year.

Dawg Olgie

January 26th, 2012
11:04 pm

UGA is going to Plan B because Avery Young is signing with Florida :( :( :(

Bug Zapper

January 26th, 2012
11:06 pm

Sounds like maybe both Auburn and UGA were told bad news from Avery Young today if you ask me.

Avery now a silent Miami commit??

As a Dawg die hard, I wouldn’t flip if I were Adams. Hold true to your word young man, and good luck except on Thanksgiving the next few years.

GTJason

January 26th, 2012
11:16 pm

You guys understand that most recruits will not be going to the NFL, right? If he wants an education then it’s a no brainer… not saying UGA is a bad school here just pointing out the truth. Also UGA is a program that will force a lesser recruit to redshirt and play on special teams. U guys have a great pool of talent. Tech offers more of a playing opportunity early where he can develop his game and we do just as well at getting players into the NFL even running the 3O.

slydog

January 26th, 2012
11:16 pm

Uh oh.. This scholarship is about to get pulled by tomorrow morning…lol

Now this is the definition of whining:
http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-dr-saturday/headlinin-lsu-ditched-bcs-plan-stuff-never-did-130311711.html;_ylt=Ary6uItaxLalIWMIdvNZxJQyWud_

LSU knows that offense sucked when up against the same caliber of athletes.

slydog

January 26th, 2012
11:22 pm

I see Techsters keep harping on the “we make more in salary” card. Just how may people with a technology background owns or runs a business? Where does the majority of the financing come from? The founders of Cisco sold out to a bunch of business hacks and a hedge fund manager with no background in technology. Now, initially out of the gate, there is more salary, depending on the degree. But a piece of paper, just like football recruiting star ratings, means nothing without a combination of other factors, to include “the right fit.”

slydog

January 26th, 2012
11:24 pm

“…we do just as well at getting players into the NFL even running the 3O…”

3 down linemen and no back 8?….lol.

Choices

January 26th, 2012
11:24 pm

Hmmm…. Face tougher competition at dawgtown or get a better chance at quality playing time at jacketville. He’s a uga fan but gave his word to georgia tech. Guess it depends on how much he loves uga vs playing football and I guess his character in regards to how he feels what his word means. Noticed he was 2 stars wonder if he’ll get upgraded b/c of the offers he has now?

Brthrite

January 26th, 2012
11:24 pm

Can’t wait for all the Techies to get on here saying why he should go to Tech instead of UGA because of the academics. OK, so seriously think about all the really good players who have gone to Tech in the past 10 years. Did ANY of them really pursue such advanced high quality academic tracks that they could not have matched at UGA? Yes, the engineering programs select a subset of pretty bright students, but by and large those guys are not the top D1 athletes, and the non-engineering kids are not much different at the two schools.

FL Jacket

January 26th, 2012
11:24 pm

So much for the “CPJ can’t recruit” nonsense…his early low-ranked (at the time) recruits are picking up big time offers…

Go Jackets!

January 26th, 2012
11:25 pm

Will Adams, follow your heart and conscience in this decision. Good luck young man.

5150 UOAD

January 26th, 2012
11:25 pm

Tell them to F off WILL. You were NOTHING to them for 2 years. Now Richt is playing catch up. F..off mr. Integrity Christ Richt.

Hold on!!

January 26th, 2012
11:25 pm

Check your sources. He didn’t get an offer today!!
@ GT Jason: the only thing a GT education is good for is engineering and how many football players there are engineering majors? 1 or 2? Be realistic, if a player is serious about furthering his football career on the offensive side of the ball, GT is NOT the school to go to. And don’t use Bay-Bay and Dwyer as examples bc they weren’t “recruited” by CPJ. They fell into his lap and were the only reason y’all were good 2 yrs ago.

Brthrite

January 26th, 2012
11:29 pm

5150 UOAD…bet you are a Tim Tebow hater also. What, did your youth pastor tell you you couldn’t be his bitc# anymore, so you hate the Christians now?

Cal

January 26th, 2012
11:32 pm

Since when did UGA become an elite program?

Go Jackets!

January 26th, 2012
11:33 pm

@slydog, where is a statement from a “techster” about making more in salary? Can you answer that? This story appeared at 10:59 pm. I’m sorry but I’m just a Tech fan.

Go Jackets!

January 26th, 2012
11:35 pm

I’m sorry slydog, you “saw” something I did not read. Please explain

Rick James

January 26th, 2012
11:36 pm

5150 UOAD

January 26th, 2012
11:36 pm

Brthrit I like CHRISTIANS. I don’t care at all for Car Salesmen/ TV Preachers like RICHT using his religion as a Window dressing. What has RICHT done so far about S. Commings for hitting a woman? Like so many many like to say, “What if it was Richt’s Daughter?”

DesignerJacket

January 26th, 2012
11:37 pm

“The only thing a GT education is good for is engineering”

I don’t even care about academics in reference to football (they really have nothing to do with each other,) but this statement is just WAY wrong! Maybe if it were 40 years ago, but GT has the best public business school in this state. Check those rankings. This is also someone who has no knowledge of our Architecture or Product Design programs. They’ve been around in since 1908, so Tech Architecture isn’t exactly new news. Again, I’m not even talking about football, just responding to that sentiment that Tech grads are only succeeding in technical fields. Accountants, Actuaries, Entrepreneurs, and one of the best crops of Business Analysts, Architects, Journalists, and Designers in the Southeast come from Georgia Tech. Please, never again kid yourself that Tech is only good for engineering (although, yes, they do have the best engineering programs in the entire South.)

JRW7

January 26th, 2012
11:39 pm

SCOUT has Will Adams at a 3* OT.

DesignerJacket

January 26th, 2012
11:40 pm

Anyway, back to the topic of football. I hope this kid has some understanding of what sticking to his word means. I know it’s hard to say ‘no thanks’ to a school you dreamed of going, but if you give your word…it ought to mean what you say it does. Commitment. You’re committed, so sign when the time comes and then show up and play!

Go Jackets!

Go Jackets!

January 26th, 2012
11:46 pm

It’s actually a short story. Not much information except Tech offered a while ago (and Will committed) and now UGA is offering and I guess he’s having second thoughts. It’s his choice and best of luck to him.
Cue WnE about how lousy CPJ is as a coach and recruiter. UGA, “TROLLS R US”. It’s tradition!

Sly....dog?

January 26th, 2012
11:47 pm

Where did the CEO of Walmart go to school? Oh and who was that guy who started a software company donated some $15 million to his former school (some technology school in Atlanta) for a building? Just curious

7576DAWG

January 26th, 2012
11:47 pm

So Richt and Bobo thought maybe 5 or 6 Offensive Linemen were better than Adam’s in the entire country. For whatever reason an opening came up and you , MR. ADAM’S , is the next one on the list. Now you have the opportunity to play for your child hood dream school. Who care’s that you were not offered last summer, you are getting that coveted offer , now and they really want you or you would not have gotten the offer. How could Georgia not offering you last summer make you change a lifetime desire. If you really love GT that much more than Georgia I’m happy you found the team of your dream’s. But , if you are going somewhere else , now that you have an offer from Georgia, because your feeling’s are hurt then we had enough immaturity from Georgia to last a life time last year and you need to go somewhere else.
But think about this , if you sign with Georgia nobody is going to care if you got an offer last year or today. Both recruit’s will be in our annual as part of the recruiting class of 2012 and both will have to prove they are good enough to play in the SEC.

Brthrite

January 26th, 2012
11:47 pm

UOAD you are truly a narrow-minded hateful small person. You hate a REAL god-fearing true Christian man like Mark Richt simply because he was hired to coach a team at a school you also hate. Football obviously is WAY too important in your life, so there must not be much else of value to you. Having just realized by your last comments how pathetic you are, I am leaving this blog so as not to dirty myself by association with you, so you can spout your vitriol, hate, and f-bombs all night but I for one won’t be around to read your crap comments.

5150 UOAD

January 26th, 2012
11:48 pm

Will on Face book…..Will Adams II
being 18 and having to make these decisions 94% of kids my age will never ever have to make is so hard..

Paul in NH

January 26th, 2012
11:49 pm

If Will Adams wants to go to UGA he should accept the offer. When all is said and done, it is his decision and his life. There are plenty of factors, several of them brought up by posters on this blog, that may affect his decision – playing time, first to offer, major, etc. – but it’s ultimately going to come down to what the kid (and his parents) think is best for him. Nobody should begrudge him one way or the other.

Winder

January 26th, 2012
11:49 pm

I’m a 3rd generation UGA grad and the statement about engineering being the only good degree from Ga Tech couldn’t be more true. I’m active in the Metro Atlanta Chamber. We sell companies on the University of Georgia as an asset in our state (among our other schools), but the talent coming out of Georgia Tech, including the College of Computing, College of Management, along with Engineering, is nationally recognized. The incubator programs at Tech are some of the best in the world. To suggest otherwise, would be to ignore one of our region’s obvious attractions.

GTBob

January 26th, 2012
11:50 pm

he would be a fool to turn down an offer from UGA, an elite program.

lol. An elite program? Give me a break.

IL Jacket

January 26th, 2012
11:52 pm

JB, I apologize. I guess you were right and I was wrong. This smells of full panic mode at UGA. I guess there are more holes than I had expected. They must also know something about the noncommittals.

5150 UOAD

January 26th, 2012
11:54 pm

Brthrit…….Richt smacks of Bobby Bowden. I am a great Christian don’t worry that my Program is full of Jerk-Off kids that don’t think the rules or laws apply. I am a good Christian and I am really raising some fine..ring ring ring…Hold on. Yes this is coach Bowden/Richt. Sorry guys I will have to get back to you. It seems I have a few players that need bonding out of jail, but Like I said I am raising some fine christian men on my team.

GT Alum

January 26th, 2012
11:55 pm

DesignerJacket -

Not only that, but, to the point UOAD made, Tech’s wanted him for months. His favorite school’s lack of interest drove him to their rival. Now that their “better” plans have fallen through, they offer him a few days before signing day. Go where you’re truly wanted, not where you’re 2nd or 3rd choice.

DesignerJacket

January 26th, 2012
11:58 pm

Winder, thanks for the honesty there. Football is great, but if I’m trying to lure business in it’s time to put rivalries behind and acknowledge the potential where it really is. There are some great programs all over the state in different areas and to continue the antiquated stereotype that UGA only produces teachers and accountants (they do and most are quite solid) while Tech only produces engineers (they do and most are quite solid) is to ignore a ton of the educational progress at each institution in the last 30 years or so. GSU and KSU are also impressing in their own ways. And of course Emory is also…well, Emory.

FL Jacket

January 27th, 2012
12:04 am

Will Adams visiting Auburn this weekend…

DesignerJacket

January 27th, 2012
12:05 am

Rivals is reporting Mr. Adams is heading to The Plains this weekend on an OV. This is gonna shape up exactly like Crawford’s case with The U this weekend. Now, Tech has some OV’s coming in this weekend, but can CPJ get comparable talent flipped onto our roster in time for Signing Day? Losing two at the last minute would only be assuaged by getting two who compare favorably in the same timeframe.

DesignerJacket

January 27th, 2012
12:05 am

FL Jacket, great minds, my friend….

FL Jacket

January 27th, 2012
12:07 am

Yup…gotta treat Adams the exact same even though he’s from Sandy Creek

GT Alum

January 27th, 2012
12:09 am

Guess that means he’s no longer a Tech commit.

IL Jacket

January 27th, 2012
12:13 am

If true, I guess not.

5150 UOAD

January 27th, 2012
12:14 am

He is a DWAG for life but got NO LOVE from the SEC schools. Now in the end they are running scared and trying to steal away kids. This is proving why if a kid wants to commit anytime after his Jr year he should be able to sign the papers if he is qualified.
Run what you brung!
Dance with your Date!
UNDERSTAND the word COMMITMENT!

7576DAWG

January 27th, 2012
12:14 am

This does sound like CMR panicking just a little but a three star recruit would be pretty good this late in the recruiting season. I will say this : If Georgia doesn’t get the offensive recruit’s they need for 2012 I hope McGarity will finally do his job and remind CMR that it is his job , Bobo’s and our head recruiter, Garner’s job to make sure we get the offensive linemen we need every year. Since this position has been lacking for 3 year’s now doesn’t some coaching changes need to be addressed? Why isn’t the NFL or another college in the country with a coordinator’s job or head coaching job opening interested in talking with Garner or Bobo?

Supersize that order, mutt

January 27th, 2012
12:16 am

If CMR is the great Christian man he says he is, then he would have the integrity not to approach a kid who has already committed to another school, no matter whether it is Tech or somebody else. Now if Adams approached him first, then fine, although it doesn’t say much for his level of commitment. But if CMR initiated the contact AFTER Adams was committed elsewhere, then he is not setting any kind of Christian example at all.

kickslidered

January 27th, 2012
12:19 am

absolutely will received an offer from UGA – but he declined and said “thanks but no thanks” – the only thing will wants to do with UGA is beat them for the rest of his career

5150 UOAD

January 27th, 2012
12:25 am

Will Adams is said to be doing an OV to Auburn this weekend.

5150 UOAD

January 27th, 2012
12:27 am

just let them sign after their Junior year when ever they get qualified. When the SAT ACT test scores are in and he looks good to go let them sign that will stop over signing too. Coaches will have to be good on the offer. If the kid doesn’t pan out then after the year cut him lose. That is what the kids are doing with the verbal commitment then changing.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 27th, 2012
12:27 am

I guess we will know soon whether CPJ is sticking to his previous policy. I, for one, think it’s a good policy in theory, but I find myself hoping that he has modified it and is instead doing all he can do to keep both kids in the fold who are possibly looking elsewhere now.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 27th, 2012
12:27 am

UOAD, the NCAA doesn’t have the balls to do that

IL Jacket

January 27th, 2012
12:28 am

Sounds like we should be worrying about AU, not UGA. Wow, what a turn of events. I’m not sure we can afford another day like today.