Weight: 236 pounds
Projected Position: Defensive end
247Sports: 3-star, No. 23 player in South Carolina
Rivals: 3-star, No. 10 player in South Carolina
ESPN: 3-star, No. 12 player in South Carolina
Other Power 5 Offers: Four
Virginia Tech went south to land Rock Hill, S.C. defensive end Eli Adams. While much of Virginia Tech’s focus was in the state of North Carolina this year, Adams is from just south of the border on I-77. In reality, he’s as much of a Charlotte area recruit as Dax Hollifield. In fact, Adams and South Point High School defeated Hollifield and Shelby High School 25-0 this season.
Adams chose Virginia Tech over listed offers from Kansas State, Maryland, NC State and South Carolina. It’s not clear which of those schools recruited him as an inside linebacker and which saw him as a defensive end. He worked out as a linebacker at one of Virginia Tech’s recruiting camps, and though he did a nice job at that spot, the Virginia Tech coaches see him as a better fit at defensive end in Tech’s scheme.
At 5-foot-11, it’s obvious that Adams isn’t seen as a prototypical defensive end. Some schools wouldn’t even recruit him as a linebacker at that height, much less as a defensive end. However, he has a skill set that the Tech defensive coaches like a lot, and the Hokies have made good use of many players who were not quite tall enough for other schools throughout the years.