Breakin' Through: Despite Overlooks, Dondre Adams Has Great College Potential

Mike PendletonCorrespondent IJanuary 4, 2011

There's always the doubters, who post on his YouTube highlight videos and attack him for doing it against weaker opponents; the major colleges weren't sending letters and some people simply never gave the guy enough credit.

Despite all the bad comments and doubts, do-it all player Dondre Adams of Plainfield South High School (Plainfield, IL) has the potential to be a great player for any school, at plenty of positions. Although some sites have him listed at wide receiver, Adams was a stand-out running back and also made plenty of contributions on defense as well. 

For many players speed is their skill; for Adams, it's his game-changing tool. A smart runner, Adams has had plenty of highlights where he will make the first defender miss, leaving the rest of the defense playing catch up. 

Hard work and dedication is what makes Adams a complete player—not his ability to read defenses, not his speed, but his dedication. The same dedication was shown when Adams was the biggest supporter of his team while he was out of action for three games due to a torn meniscus. When asked of the most memorable senior moment Adams said "When the team went out and beat Winooka High School without me because of my injury."

The hard work was never questioned. While not a workhorse, Adams was definitely not a slouch. He carried the ball 64 times for 1023 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging 16 yards a carry. That's not a typo—16 yards a carry was Adams' average in what some called a "injury plagued season."

Adams, who was being looked at major Division-1 schools such as Oregon, Illinois, Arizona, Nebraska, Purdue, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, and Iowa to name a few, has had many of the schools back off due to his injury.

Despite the overlooks, Adams remains focused—focused on getting the right college offer that will take him to the best school for him to make a name for himself. He has his favorite list set at Central Michigan, Northern Iowa, Grand Valley State, Illinois State, and Winona State.

While the decision has yet to come, Adams will surely pick the right place for his future. It also should be mentioned that Adams is also an Illinois star in Track and Field; he is bringing both of his talents to whichever school Adams decides to attend.