When many of the college programs look and recruit quality offensive linemen, too often the initial gage is height and weight, with net performance running a close second.
Clearly Garrett Adcock has a sense of that, because at 6-foot-2, 288 pounds, he does not fit the prototypical Division I offensive lineman prospect ... well, at least for some programs.
However, there is one school that has offered the prospect out of Dallas (TX) Dallas Christian High School and who's recruiting of linemen often goes against the traditional grain ... and that is Army.
Adcock understands that the Black Knights triple option offense says one thing and one thing only .... "we are going to run the ball, now you have to stop us." And where that starts is upfront with non-prototypical road hogs whose current offense is ranked 2nd in the nation in rushing, with an average of 262.33 yards per game.
For the Black Knights, it has less to do with size, but the ability of the linemen to move with impact and explosion within the framework of a small space.
Ironically, Adcock's brother Chris, is a 6-foot-3, 300 pound redshirt freshman offensive lineman for California Golden Bears and serves as his mentor as well.
"I've played ball with him basically my whole life," shares Adcock of his high school experience with his older brother. "My freshman year in high school I started right next to him on varsity. He was left tackle and I was left guard. We always had this thing where we would push each other to be better and push each other to the next level."
"Now that he is in college .... I talk to him a lot, I listen to him a lot and he teaches me things all the time. He tells me to be patient and enjoy the recruiting process, but always play as hard as I can.
So, is there a possibility of the brothers reuniting in college? "They (Cal) are in need of tackles, but they are looking at the 6-6 plus guys, but I am still getting mail and emails from them," he adds.
But for the high school senior, there is much about the Army football program and West Point that has caught Adcock's attention and that was reinforced this summer when he took an unofficial visit to the New York based campus.
"Yes, I definitely have interest in Army," Adcock candidly declares. "I spoke to Coach Mumford (John) last week and he told me that he was going send my offer letter this week. We have been in contact for a few months and he called to tell me that the offer letter was finally on it's way."
As a prospect from Texas, making his way to the Northeast for the first time, especially New York can be an eye opener. But Adcock received a pleasant surprise surprise on his visit.
"I went up to visit this summer with my dad to check out West Point," says Adcock. "It was amazing and the facilities are great. All the people I met were awesome people and the campus is beautiful."
"I have never been to that part of New York before," shares Adcock as he laughs at the comparative to his perception of other parts of New York. "It was amazing, just the tradition of that place, everything that goes with ... it's great."
For Adcock, who has heard much about the United States Military Academy, being on the grounds served as a pick-me-up for the aggressive offensive lineman.
"I have a second cousin who went there, so I have heard stories from him and the family," he says. "I didn't really know what to expect when I went there on my visit, but it was amazing."
"I met with Colonel Green of the admission's department and he sat down with me and my dad for about an hour. Then Coach Mumford took us around the campus, so we got a combination academics and athletics.
"Their facilities are top notch and their indoor field is a good as any I have seen."
Adcock, who gained approximately 25-30 pounds during the off season has spent his senior year playing offensive tackle, although he could project at either guard or tackle. "It's (additional weight) help me a lot in gaining leverage and I can still move well," he declares.
As such, he said that he also feels equally confident in blocking for the run and pass. "I don't have a preference run versus pass oriented offense at the next level, I can do both well," shares Adcock. "My team, we run more and so I have more experience run blocking than pass blocking. But at all the combines and campus that I have do extremely well in my pass block as we as my run blocking."
Adcock, who is an outstanding student and has the 4.03 out of 4.0 GPA to prove it, has not set up any official visits yet and said that he has yet to set a time to make his college decision.
What does he want to focus on in college? "I am thinking med school, but not completely sure," he says.
Along with Army, Adcock has offers from Air Force, Central Arkansas, Harvard, Navy, Princeton, Bucknell and University of Louisiana-Monroe.
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