Franklin’s Jacquez and Jordan Adams didn’t need much time on their visit to "Junior Day" at West Virginia before they committed to play football at the Morgantown school.
At 12:36 p.m. Saturday, Jordan tweeted: "Verbally committed to WVU."
The twins, who helped lead the Indians to their first state football championship last fall, said they "kinda, sorta" knew they would commit to the Mountaineers because they had been West Virginia fans "for a while." Franklin coach Anthony Burgos said he joked with the juniors, after he heard about the commitment, that they had been West Virginia fans since they were freshmen.
"We had an idea of committing, but we wanted to check it out first. The way we were treated down there was good. Having that feeling of being wanted is awesome," Jordan said in an interview conducted via text message Sunday night because he had a touch of laryngitis.
The twins, who were determined to play college football together, helped Franklin (12-2) rise steadily to the Class 3A state championship and the No. 5 ranking in The Baltimore Sun. Both are rated three-star prospects by recruiting website Rivals.com, and both can play multiple positions.
Jacquez, the Indians' 6-foot quarterback, threw for more than 2,800 yards and 30 touchdowns, including a 337-yard, six-touchdown performance in the 49-7 state semifinal win over Huntingtown. He also threw two touchdown passes in the 14-7 state championship victory over Linganore. He spent some time at defensive back but not much because the Indians had just one quarterback. West Virginia recruited him as an athlete.
Jordan, 6 feet 1, doubled as a wide receiver and defensive back. He said he was recruited as a defensive back, "but things could change."
Burgos said he could see both twins playing on the offensive side of the ball. Jordan, he said, could easily be a wide receiver.
"This is what I told both the guys: 'The college process is that they're going to recruit you for one area, but they're going to put you where they best see you being able to maximize your potentiial,' so Jordan, I think, he'll wind up being a defensive back, but if he continues to develop the way he did this year as a wide receiver, he could possibly play wide receiver in that offense."
Burgos said one of the reasons West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen heavily recruited the twins is that the Indians run the same offense as the Mountaineers.
"That's why I think it's a particularly great fit, " Burgos said. "It's old-school offense where they spread the ball out and basically try to get the ball in their playmakers' hands, and both of those two guys will be that guy."
Early in the recruiting process, Jordan had been getting attention from stronger programs than his brother. But after the state championship, recruiting picked up for both brothers. Wisconsin had also offered them, and Jordan had offer from North Carolina State and Rutgers.
Burgos said he thought they might wait a little longer to commit, just to see what other offers might come along. The twins just didn't want to wait.
"Not at all. WVU is a perfect fit for us right now and I’m very pleased about it,” Jordan said.
Earlier this month, Dunbar quarterback William Crest signed with West Virginia, where Poets alumnus Tavon Austin starred before moving on to the St. Louis Rams. The Mountaineers' roster currently includes just one player from Baltimore, linebacker Marvin Gross, also a Dunbar graduate.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun