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Meet Terps long-snapper commit Nate Adams

With national signing day only days away, preview the Terps' class of 2014 with a handy, commit-by-commit guide. Prospect profiles will run all the way through Wednesday (Feb. 5), when players can officially sign a national letter of intent. (SEE THEM ALL HERE.)

Name: Nate Adams (AKA @nate33adams)

Position: Long-snapper

Measurables: 6 feet 2, 213 pounds

High school: Greenway (Ariz.)

Recruiter: Lyndon Johnson

Finalists: Air Force

Rankings: 247: 2*, No. 5 LS

Rivals: 2*

ESPN: 2*, No. 5 LS

Stats/honors: 101 solo tackles, three receiving touchdowns; first-team All-State, Semper Fidelis All-American

Quoted for emphasis: "Good luck trying to win a game without a long-snapper. Have you ever seen a kick without a snap?"

Breakdown: How does this sound for a future trivia question? "This 'special' player, who arrived at Maryland as one of the lowest-rated members of the class of 2014, ultimately led all class members in career starts." For Adams, it's not a certainty. But it is a very real possibility. Long-snappers don't often receive scholarship offers. The ones who do have certain expectations --- namely, to start as soon as they reach campus. Former Terps stalwart Jon Condo had to wait a year before he put a four-year stranglehold on the long-snapper position. Chris Rubio, who coached Adams in the art of long-snapping last summer, said a redshirt year might not even be necessary for Adams, who was tough enough and fast enough to rack up 100-plus tackles and all-state honors last season. He's already bigger than Christian Carpenter, who started the Terps' last three games at the position. Presumably, he can whip a football out just as fast, if not faster.

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