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Adams' versatility on display

Jerell Adams, a USC target from Scott's Branch, sets up to catch a pass during Shrine Bowl practice.
Jerell Adams, a USC target from Scott's Branch, sets up to catch a pass during Shrine Bowl practice. The State

SPARTANBURG | Everybody seems to have different ideas where Jerell Adams fits best. The USC target was a quarterback at Scott’s Branch. Some believe he’ll develop into a college defensive end.

However, he’s a tight end for the Palmetto State this week.

“I really don’t have a preference,” Adams said of his college position. “Wherever they put me at I’ll do my best. [I just want to prove] that I’m as good as everybody thinks I am.”

When asked which position would best utilize his talents, the 6-foot-5, 225-pounder believes he’s just as good at tight end as defensive end. Most schools that are recruiting him like his combination of size and athleticism and plan to figure out how he fits best once he steps on campus.

USC remains a player in the Adams sweepstakes. Along with the Gamecocks, Clemson and Arkansas are his current leaders. He plans to visit all three schools.

“USC and Clemson both have a great college atmosphere,” he said. “They – and Arkansas – have recruited me hard.”

Special skills

Coaches and members of the media were raving about the talents of Marlboro County linebacker Lateek Townsend.

South Carolina is utilizing a 3-4 defense this week, and while that may limit the impact of standout defensive ends like Jadeveon Clowney, it highlights the two-way abilities of players like Townsend, a 6-foot-2, 205-pounder.

Townsend showed Monday that he is equally adept at playing near the line of scrimmage and dropping into coverage. This week he is playing outside linebacker, allowing him to showcase his full arsenal of skills.

“I feel good, because that’s the position I will play in college,” said Townsend, who finished with 120 tackles and seven sacks this season. “I’ve got some stuff to learn, but it will come to me. I think I’ve got great instincts.”

Townsend’s recruitment remains unchanged. He has taken official visits to South Carolina and Southern California and will also visit Tennessee and LSU. Clemson or Michigan State could get his final visit.

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