Well, Syracuse football fans were hoping to get some good news about a 4-star runningback from Washington DC this weekend, and they got it. Of course, it wasn’t exactly the one they were anticipating. While Mychale Salahuddin was taking his official visit to campus, former Oklahoma sophomore Abdul Adams was beginning his first semester at SU.
Adams, a 5-foot-11, 205 pound back originally from Landover, Maryland has officially transferred to Syracuse, as first reported by Mike McAllister. This is the second big transfer the Orange have landed this offseason, along with former Michigan State wide receiver Trishton Jackson – himself a former 4-star recruit as well.
Adams played in 12 games for the Sooners last season, rushing for 542 yards on 59 carries. That’s a whopping 9.2 yards-per-carry, in case you don’t have a calculator handy. His longest run of the year was a 99-yard touchdown run, which you can check out here:
Coming out of high school, Adams had offers from… well, basically everyone. Notre Dame, Alabama, Michigan, Florida, and on and on down the list all wanted the speedy back with some connections to a few current Orange commitments and targets. He’s got a history with Devin Butler (the wide receiver), as well as incoming recruits like Ed Hendrix and Juan Wallace… not to mention Salahuddin himself.
This is obviously an enormous transfer for Syracuse, though obviously, like Jackson, Adams won’t be eligible until 2019 (unless the NCAA rams home the proposal to let players be eligible immediately upon transferring, which has been bandied about recently but is unlikely to happen anytime soon).