In a whirlwind courtship, it took less than 48 hours for Dustin Adams to fall in love with the UH football program.
“I went up there last week, on Monday through Wednesday, and I toured the college and met all of the coaches,” said Adams, an offensive lineman at Minot High in North Dakota. “It felt good. That’s why I made my decision. Yep, I decided to become a Warrior.”
Adams will sign a letter of intent in February, then join the Warriors in July 2012.
As a junior in 2010, Adams played right tackle. He was named to the All-State team. One college scouting service rated Adams as North Dakota’s top offensive lineman.
A few years ago, a former associate alerted Gordy Shaw, now UH’s line coach, to a promising offensive lineman. At the time, Adams had just completed the eighth grade. This year, Shaw was reminded to check on Adams’ progress.
Adams said he is “almost 6-5” and weighs 285 pounds.
He projects as a college center or guard.
Adams said Shaw watched videos of Minot’s offense. After several e-mail exchanges, Adams was offered a recruiting visit.
“I loved everything about the trip,” Adams said. “I liked the coaches and the players. I got a chance to watch the players work out. I liked that. I got a chance to meet coach (Greg) McMackin. He’s a really cool guy, a stand-up guy.””
Adams said he had received interest from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oregon and North Dakota. UH was the first I-A program to offer a scholarship.
Minot is located in central North Dakota. With a population of a little more than 40,000, it is the state’s fourth-largest city.
Adams plays basketball, and enjoys hunting and fishing. He hunts for geese, ducks and pheasants.
“I’m actually fishing right now,” Adams said during his cell phone interview with the WB. “We’re fishing out at Devils Lake. It’s about 2 hours east of Minot. We’re fishing out of a boat. We’re just trolling right now. We’re fishing for (Northern PIke).”
He said the weather has been nice lately in Minot, although earlier this year it was “cold, rainy and windy.”
He added: “I always wanted to go somewhere where it’s warm. It works out.”
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Congrats to Lauren Cheape, a former UH swimmer and water polo player. She is the 2011 Miss Hawaii.
Cheatpe’s brother, Matthew Cheape, is a libero for the Warrior volleyball team.
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Happy birthday to our four-star blogger — BG.
Belated birthday wishes to:
• Rich2176, who puts the business in show business.
• Jack Flash.