Rutgers football recruiting made a statement with the addition of running back Kay’Ron Adams (5’10”, 198 lbs., Warren, Ohio), who made it official during the early signing period. Adams chose Rutgers over Iowa, Cincinnati, Kent State and others. The three-star prospect felt that Rutgers was the right school from the start.
For a team that finished 1-11, fending off the likes of Iowa isn’t an easy task. Michigan and Michigan State came late to the party, and started to show some interest in Adams. It was the initial interest and commitment to Adams that made Rutgers a winner. The Big Ten was the conference Adams always saw himself playing in.
“[Rutgers] was the first Big Ten school that showed they really loved me and wanted me there,” said Adams. “[The Big Ten] is the best college football conference, so you will be playing against good teams every week! I love competition.”
Strong relationships with head coach Chris Ash and the Rutgers football staff drew the Ohio native in, and helped him make his decision.
The Scarlet Knights will return Raheem Blackshear and Isaih Pachecho, both of whom are dynamic playmakers at running back. Adams will also be joined by Aaron Young (5’10”, 190lbs., Coatesville, Pa.), a three-star running back who was a major grab for Rutgers football recruiting (they beat out Michigan State to secure Young).
When asked about how he would contribute and build chemistry with a talented stable of running backs, Adams firmly believed his work ethic will help all the backs succeed. He’s also going to rely on the lessons taught by his high school coaches at Warren G. Harding.
“I’m just going to come in and work my butt off and push my new brothers that are in the backfield with me so we can all get better,” said Adams. “Coaches taught me there’s no room for false or unnecessary steps. See a hole and hit it hard as possible.”
Adams brings great football IQ, vision and speed. Track and field is another area that the star running back excels in. When asked if he would participate in track and field at Rutgers, Adams said he’s “thought about it,” but he’s “not 100 percent sure” about it.
The future Scarlet Knights running back finished his senior season with 1,710 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns. Adams showed off his receiving skills, catching three touchdowns this season. He was named Division II All-Ohio Third Team. Adams best high school football moment was a no brainer.
“My best high school football memory is when we played Youngstown East and I had a powerful run. I got up yelling and flexed at the home crowd, and they all stood up and yelled and flexed with me.”
For Adams, it’s all about hyping up the crowd, bringing the energy and confidence you want in a star running back. Fans will have to wait until Adams finishes his senior year. He doesn’t plan to enroll early. His college football goals are pretty lofty, but they keep him focused and determined.
“My goals are to help RU get on top and win championships,” said Adams.
What’s his other goal?
“To be a Heisman finalist!”
Could Kay’Ron Adams be Rutgers first Heisman Trophy winner? It’s a stretch, but fans have to love the confidence and determination that the fast footed running back brings to the table.