17  E.J. Adams
E.J. Adams


Stone Mountain, Ga.

High School:
North Gwinnett

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 197



Moved from cornerback to wide receiver during the spring in order to help bolster an area hit hard by graduation ... Obviously is still learning the new position, but definitely showed explosive ability as a receiver ... Caught four passes for 167 yards and one touchdown in the first spring scrimmage ... Signed with Kentucky in 2005, but delayed enrollment until Jan. 2006 as a "grayshirt" ... Has played in 18 games, making three starts ... A cousin of former Wildcat Eric Scott, who is now with the Tennessee Titans.

2007 (Sophomore): Sustained a wrist injury early in the Eastern Kentucky game and missed four games ... Played in nine games, getting his first collegiate starts against Florida and Mississippi State when Paul Warford was sidelined ... Totaled 10 tackles, with a season high of two stops in four games.

2006 (Freshman): Made one of the most important plays of the season ... With the game on the line in the fourth quarter vs. Vanderbilt, he snagged a crucial interception at the goal line, returning the pick 49 yards to set up a touchdown in the win that clinched bowl eligibility ... Recorded 13 tackles and one pass breakup during the season ... Served as the second-string quarterback during the junior-varsity game against Hargrave, rushing two times for 24 yards ... Also intercepted a pass and had three pass breakups in the JV game.

High School: Three-year letterman and two-year starter at North Gwinnett HS in Suwanee, Ga. ... Was a quarterback throughout his playing days until his senior year, when he moved to wide receiver and running back ... Started at QB his junior season and threw for more than 1,300 yards and rushed for 690 yards ... During his senior year, he caught 48 passes for 654 yards and eight touchdowns ... Rushed for 205 yards and five TDs ... Earned Gwinnett County Player of the Month and two county player-of-the-week honors ... North Gwinnett compiled a 9-3 record during his senior year, advancing to the second round of the playoffs in Class AAAAA, the largest classification in Georgia ... Noteworthy physical abilities include a 4.4-second time in the 40-yard dash and a 41-inch vertical jump ... Named one of the top 100 prospects in Georgia ... High school teammate of current Wildcat Ross Bogue ... Coached by Dennis Roland ... "E. J. is an exceptional athlete," said North Gwinnett assistant coach Mike Dunning. "He can make plays that turn around the tempo of a game. He did that several times this season with his speed alone." ... Joined the track team as a junior, and in his first year he broke the school record in the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, seven inches ... Picked Kentucky over South Carolina.

Personal: Born in Albany, Ga. ... Son of Earnest and Debra Adams ... Comes from a very athletic family ... His father, Earnest, and brother, Corey, each played football at Albany State ... His sister, Kimberly, runs track at Florida State ... His cousin, Eric Scott, played football at Kentucky and his now with the Tennessee Titans ... Major is agricultural economics.

Community Cats: Participated in service events at the Bluegrass State Games (2006) and Johnson Elementary School (2006 and 2007).

Adams Career Statistics

Year Position G-GS Tackles Int-Yds. TFL-Yds. FC FR PBU
2006 CB 9-0 13 1-49 0 0 0 1
2007 CB 9-2 10 0 0.5-1 0 0 1
Totals 18-2 23 1-49 0.5-1 0 0 2
2015 National Signing Day Commonwealth Stadium