Washington football recruiting spotlight: Sam Adams II

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 30: Running back Myles Gaskin Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 30: Running back Myles Gaskin Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Washington football is heavily in the mix for the superstar running back right in their backyard at Eastside Catholic (Sammamish)

Four-star running back Sam Adams II is sitting in the Huskies’ backyard, and he’s the perfect player to come in and fill the shoes of Myles Gaskin, both as a hometown hero and superstar running back. He’s starred at Eastside Catholic, and with the Bellevue based Ford Sports Performance 7 on 7 team.

During his junior season at Eastside, Adams was a superstar all over the field. He rushed for 929 yards on just 94 carries (9.9 yards per carry) and 17 touchdowns, along with grabbing 203 yards on just 10 catches for three more touchdowns. He even made an impact on defense, where he racked up 31 tackles and six interceptions. He’s refined his play as a receiver playing with FSP, and can definitely make a big impact on the college level as both a runner and receiver.

Fitting in with UW

Adams is the perfect player to take over the lead back role with the Huskies, who will probably find themselves splitting carries in 2019, could have him come in and start as a true freshman. Adams is the definition of a dual threat, and the best one the Huskies have on the roster right now is Sean McGrew. Kamari Pleasant is much more of a downhill, power back, and Salvon Ahmed is more of a receiving threat and is better utilized running jet sweeps and gadget plays.

Adding Adams to the mix gives the offense an added factor of unpredictability, which the offense might not have this season. Certain backs and personnel groupings can give away what the offense wants to do, but with Adams on the field, anything is possible. You can flex him out of the backfield, put him out wide or… obviously, hand him the ball and let him go to work.

With Adams, the Huskies will have an impressive crop of running backs in 2020. Along with Adams, they can use Pleasant, Ahmed, McGrew, Richard Newton, and Cameron Davis. That group of backs can match up with any group in the country. If the Huskies can land a commitment from Adams, he and Davis would probably end up leading the way for the Dawgs in the future, and that’s a tandem of running backs that would be incredibly helpful for a young quarterback, and not to mention, they’re a threat to score every time they step on the field.