Fletcher Adams is set to start his second season at Mississippi State and is already learning his second defensive scheme as well.
The Bulldogs’ defensive staff received a complete overhaul in the offseason and brought in four new coaches during the spring. Three of those coaches have direct ties to the NFL and that is something that Adams feels will only help him in his future.
“It’s great because we’ve got coaches that have been in the NFL,” Adams said. “We just need to take it all in and learn from them about technique and embrace it.”
Adams’ position coach on the defensive line, Brian Baker, spent 19 years coaching in the NFL for eight different franchises. The redshirt freshman has already benefited from that experience by picking up new techniques and what to watch for on film.
“He’s good and teaches us a lot of things,” Adams said. “He’s taught us in the film room what to watch for from the offensive line and what types of blocks to look for that they are fixing to give us. He’s teaching us how to pass rush so we can all make it to the NFL.”
Adams redshirted his initial season in Starkville and spent the time not only adjusting to the college game but also packed on 12-pounds to his 6-foot-2 frame.
“It helped because I had to get stronger and bigger,” Adams said. “I needed that. I came in at 263 and right now I’m at 275 so I’ve gained a little weight and most of it is muscle too.”
Adams possesses the capability to play both inside and out along the Bulldogs’ defensive line. During MSU’s three spring scrimmages, Adams made three tackles including one for loss.
Adams arrived at State as one of the most sought after prospects in Mississippi. He earned a bevy of scholarship offers during the recruiting process and chose the Bulldogs over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Louisville, Miami, Missouri, North Carolina, Ole Miss and Southern Miss.
Since making that decision, Adams has been treated like family by the Mississippi State coaching staff.
“It’s been good and they treat you well up here like they’re your parents,” Adams said.
The former four-star prospect from Brandon dominated as a high school senior, stacking up 136 tackles including 23 for loss and eight sacks. But after a year on the practice squad, Adams learned it would take more than just his size and athleticism to succeed in the Southeastern Conference.
“It’s different because you can’t always bull rush,” Adams said. “You have to work your hedge and technique because you’ve got guys around who are just as big and just as good as you.”
Adams also has the added advantage of having his older brother, Nelson, playing for the Bulldogs. Nelson Adams is a senior defensive tackle who has also played on the edge during his career and has helped his younger sibling adapt to his new surroundings both on and off the field.
“It’s good because Nelson knows everything,” Adams said. “I can always ask him about the playbook or ask him anything that has to do with this program. It’s a once in a lifetime thing and I’ve embraced that.”
Those were not the only members of the Adams’ family to invade the Golden Triangle last year. Tyler Adams, the oldest brother, was an assistant basketball coach at Columbus High School after completing his college career at Georgetown.
“All three of us are here, the big three,” Fletcher Adams said. “That’s been really cool.”