Having played at the University of Michigan and in the NFL, and having coached in college and in the NFL, Michigan Wolverines’ head coach Jim Harbaugh has met a lot of football people.
One of those guys is Sam Adams Sr., a former Texas A&M Aggie, first round NFL Draft pick and NFL defensive tackle from 1994-2007. Nicknamed “The Man Mountain,” he and Harbaugh were both with the Oakland Raiders in 2002 — Harbaugh as the quarterbacks coach, Adams Sr. as a player — and have known each other since.
Following in his football footsteps is his son, 2020 3-star running back Sam Adams II. With scholarship offers from his father’s alma mater, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Florida, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington State and other big time programs, Adams II is a hot commodity for being just a 3-star talent, according to the 247Sports composite.
That will probably change in the future, as the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder from Sammamish, Washington was recently offered a scholarship to play at Michigan.
“Coach Jay and coach Jim (Harbaugh offered me),” Adams II told Maize n Brew. “It was cool since my dad and coach Jim were at the Raiders together. He saw me as a baby.
“(The offer is) absolutely huge. Big time program. A coach that my dad trust and has worked with before. Says that coach Harbaugh is one of the hardest working coaches in football on any level. I like that.”
So with offers from places like OSU, Florida and Wisconsin, what took so long for Michigan to offer?
According to Adams II, Harbaugh had been “watching me for a while and wanted to see how I did in games.”
“(Jim) Harbaugh likes what I have done on the field and likes my size and speed. He had been watching me for a while and wanted to see how I did in games,” Adams II said.
With 449 rushing yards on 31 carries and six touchdowns so far during his junior year, according to MaxPreps, Harbaugh saw enough to extend an offer.
From the sounds of what he is looking for in a future school, Michigan could be in a prime position to land the talented junior.
“I want to be able to get my degree and get into an internship in my field while I’m in school,” Adams II said. “I want to play for a program that competes every weekend and has a good group of guys that I can enjoy playing with. I want a good relationship with my coaching staff and want to be able to trust them.
Adams II said he plans on majoring in business, and we all know Michigan has one of the best business schools in America.
Next up for Adams II is a potential visit to U-M. He said “if the schedules match up,” he would want to visit this year. High school playoff games are what is holding him back, as he points out the game times for playoff games are not announced until later in the week.
He has already visited Ohio State, Washington, Arizona State, Wisconsin, USC, Arizona and “several others” during his recruiting process. He also plans on visiting UCLA soon.
After all those visits, he admits he does not have a top list.
“No sir, I do not have a top list so far,” Adams II said. “I had a great time at Ohio State, I cannot wait to get to Michigan and there are a few other schools. I am focusing on helping my team win a state championship.”
Check out his midseason stats below.