After announcing his commitment to UCLA over winter break, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian cornerback Ishmael Adams has wasted no time preparing for Bruin football.
“After our season ended, I had my All-Star games and I just started working with [Olympic track and field medalist] Maurice Green. Track season is coming up so I’m excited for that. I run the 100, 200, and 4x1. Coach is trying to get me to do the 4x4, so we’ll see,” said Adams.
With staff changes affecting a large number of PAC-12 schools, the race to land top recruits was in full-speed all the way through National Signing Day. Now that UCLA’s 2012 class is complete, Adams is looking forward to next season.
“We ended up getting a pretty good class, especially with the time that the new staff had. They had to maneuver some people around, get the best class they could, and it turned out pretty good. I’m excited for what we have in store and I’m excited to come through the program,” he said.
Adams will head to campus on June 25th and has a few things he’s working on before getting to Westwood.
“I’m mostly working on my speed, because that’s the biggest thing that changes from high school to college and college to the pros. I’m really working with Maurice Green, working on the weekends to off-set working on the speed with the footwork for football,” he said.
Recently, Adams had a small taste of what his college football experience will be like, as he was able to spend some time with the coaches and players.
“I’ve been talking with the coaches and I worked out with the players for a voluntary workout the other day, just really trying to meet them, work out with them, and see how they do things. I wanted to see how the coaches talk with them and how they are looking to change the program,” he said.
As far as playing time is concerned, Adams is prepared to study the playbook and put in the effort required to see the field as a freshman.
“It’s a whole new staff, so nobody is comfortable with anybody. I think it’s going to be good because we are all learning the playbook, all learning the coaches and whoever stays with them in the playbook the most will play, and I think I could have a strong chance,” he said.