Ahead of National Signing Day, the Kentucky Wildcats have landed another top target. This time, it’s four-star offensive guard RJ Adams, who announced his commitment on Tuesday, one day before National Signing Day begins, according to Justin Rowland.
Head coach Mark Stoops essentially confirmed the good news with a Yahtzee tweet minutes before Adams’ decision.
Adams is the No. 12 offensive guard and No. 6 player from Virginia in the 2020 class, according to Rivals. He moved his announcement date up one day, making his decision public less than 24 hours before tomorrow’s signing day.
Adams was originally committed to play for Penn State, but following a visit to Lexington back in September he reopened his recruitment. Mark Stoops and company have certainly lost their fair share of early commits in recent years, so getting one away from Penn State after defeating them in the Citrus Bowl last year would be extra sweet.
In publicizing his commitment date, Adams noted that he was down to three teams: NC State, Kentucky, and Alabama. For Kentucky to even be considered on this list for the Virginia native says a lot about where this program is, and they picked up their first 247 Sports crystal ball projection for him back in November.
Adams had visited NC State two of the three weekends leading up to his announcement. The writing was on the wall that the Wolfpack was making huge push to land the 3-star offensive lineman.
Adams talked to 247 Sports about his visits to each school prior to his announcement. He had this to say of Kentucky:
“I had never been to Kentucky before. So just seeing the state as a whole and seeing the college town of Lexington and game day atmosphere, the food, it was a lot different from Virginia so it was an eye-opening experience. I didn’t really know what to expect but it was a pleasant surprise.”
Adams is now the fifth four or five-star pledge for Kentucky’s 2020 class. This is a huge get that will add depth to the offensive line that has been so successful in recent years and already has commitments from Justin Rogers, John Young, Deondre Buford and Joshua Jones.
Kentucky has obviously become a force in recruiting. Stoops and company now own Kentucky, have a strong grip on Ohio, and continue to expand their recruiting dominance throughout the midwest and southeast. Winning recruiting battles in states like Virginia, much like Ohio, are crucial for a school like Kentucky that will have trouble drawing talent from Florida and Texas.
Adams is signing his official letter of intent this week, which will officially end his recruitment. His college fate is decided and now Kentucky will move on to close a few more guys on signing day tomorrow morning. There are several top targets that are still out there, and the Wildcats now have a chance to finish with a top 20 signing class when it’s all said and done.