Kissimmee Osceola LB Mikeice 'Pooh' Adams has received his first FBS scholarship offer from FAU. (CHRIS HAYS/ORLANDO SENTINEL)
Kissimmee Osceola linebacker Mikeice Adams finally received his first Football Bowl Subdivision scholarship offer last week after working out at the FAU camp in Boca Raton.
Adams did enough while on the FAU campus the impressed Owls’ linebackers coach Jovan Dewitt.
“It was good. We worked out with some drills and stuff, worked on my footwork and learned some hip drills and stuff like that,” Adams said of his visit. “Coach Dewitt offered me and he started out talking about how he liked my performance and he said, ‘Well, I just want to let you know that you have a spot on my team and you should go take a look around campus.’ It was good. I liked the visit.”
Adams, who also has an FCS scholarship offer from Eastern Illinois, said he wasn’t too surprised about the offer.
“I kinda figured it was coming but I didn’t really know when,” he said, “but I was happy … I was speechless … couldn’t say nothing. I just shook his hand and said, ‘Thank you.’
“That first offer, it takes a lot of pressure off. ”
Adams, a gifted tackler who runs the middle of the Kowboys defense despite his undersized frame at 5-foot-11, 195-pounds, might get moved around a bit on the Osceola defense this season.
He’s been getting reps at safety during the Kowboys 7-on-7 competitions and he said that’s helping him adjust to coverage of passing routes he doesn’t see so often at linebacker. He’s not sold entirely on becoming a defensive back, but he also knows it could be his ticket to the next level. FAU, however, is fine with him as a linebacker, for now.
“The [Osceola] coaches are still debating about it and if all things work out you might see me at safety a little bit this season,” Adams said. “That’s really my focus right now, trying to work on my safety skills because of my size and weight and stuff like that. You never know when they might want to convert me so I just have to be ready.”
Not only could it benefit Adams, whose nickname is Pooh, but it could also be a big positive for the team should a move to safety work out.
The Kowboys lost one of the top safeties in the state from a year ago in Hassan Childs, who signed with USF. Starter Juaquawn Jenkins is back on one side, while the other safety was likely going to be rising senior James Farley, but he is not currently with the team and is sorting out some off-the-field issues.
Osceola has options for linebacker should Adams take on the position change. Standout junior Riley Nicholson saw reps in spring practice at middle linebacker and could easily move over from his outside spot, while newcomer Treyvon Simmons, who is back in Kissimmee after moving breifly to Georgia, could fill one outside spot, which is manned by Shayvai Gordon on the other side.
Adams, the No. 46 player in the Sentinel's 2014 Central Florida Super60, and teammate Daequan Harrison were in Coral Gables this past weekend, participating in the Al Golden Camp at Miami.
“I’m just staying prepared right now,” Adams said. “You never know what is going to happen.”
Adams was the leading tackler on a 13-1 team that fell one game shy of the state championship, losing to eventual Class 7A runner-up Tallahassee Lincoln in the semifinals. He averaged just over nine tackles per game and Nicholson averaged about eight tackles.
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on Twitter at @Os_Recruiting and Facebook at Orlando Sentinel Recruiting and now on Pinterest at Orlando Recruiting.