By Brandon Speck
Fletcher Adams is already one of the state’s most feared defensive linemen. A double digit number of colleges are after the services of Brandon’s 6-foot-3, 255-pound senior.
And those schools haven’t even seen the 5-star recruit with the ball in his hands.
Adams flashed a new part of his skill set when he made the trip with Brandon to Tupelo’s recent National Select 7-on-7 Qualifier. He played tight end, for the first time he says since eighth grade.
“Fletcher’s got an unbelievable motor on everything he does,” Brandon coach Brad Peterson said. “Because of what he’s been able to do out here, we’re going to put in some third down packages for him and some red-zone packages.”
Listed at defensive tackle and defensive end, Adams is ranked by ESPN as Mississippi’s No. 5 overall prospect. Last season, he racked up 111 tackles, 9.3 per game. He had eight sacks and 17 tackles for loss.
What he didn’t do was catch a single pass. That could change this season.
“I’m pretty good at tight end. I’m pretty skilled, Adams said. “I just try to come out here and help our team win, just do what I can. I could play offense in college.”
Adams had planned to make a collegiate decision in August, but says it may come later, right now focusing his attention on his senior season.
But he does have it narrowed to five: Ole Miss and Mississippi State among them.
‘A great bond’
“When I go to Ole Miss and State, it’s just a great bond,” Adams said. “I go see the coaches and the players and get in really good touch with them.”
Florida, Alabama and Missouri round out his top five, so the SEC is likely in his future. His top five may get even hungrier when they get a look at him playing tight end.
“He’s big. He’s strong. He’s physical and like I said, he’s got a motor,” Peterson said. “And that’s something that you can’t coach, I don’t think. You can try to push a kid and motivate them, but he’s self-motivated and that makes it so much easier.”