Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Back on the market

Ashley Adams just wanted everybody to give her some space.

Phone calls, e-mails, nagging fans. The Division I volleyball recruiting process was taking a mental toll on the 16-year-old San Luis Obispo High junior last winter.

Now 17 and a senior, Adams said she was rushed into making a decision when she verbally committed to attend Louisville on an athletic scholarship in February. And two weeks ago Wednesday, the Tribune County Player of the Year rescinded the committment, which she made without visiting the Kentucky campus.

"I thought I wanted to go there, but I just wanted recruiting to be over," Adams said. "It was was a rushed decision."

Now Adams is back on the market, and she said hometown upstart Cal Poly and perennial power Hawaii are her top two, with Louisville still harboring an outside shot to get her back.

Mustangs coach Jon Stevenson, who is prohibited by the NCAA from commenting on recruits, is trying to build the program back up to its glory days in the mid-80s, when the Mustangs were a national title contender. An athletic talent like Adams is sure to further that goal.

Before she can take her official visits, Adams has to take the ACT test, which she's scheduled to do Oct. 28. She said Cal Poly may have the advantage of being close to home, but the most important factors in her decision will be quality of education and which school will give her the best opportunity to play volleyball after college.

"Olympics, beach, whatever," Adams said. "I love volleyball so much, I want to play as long as a I can for as long as I can."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is interesting that she is so concerned with the quality of her education and apparently not concerned with her integrity. Also she is concerned with the quality of education and yet hasn't taken the ACT test. She "wants to play for as long as she can, for as long as she can" ??? Better start hitting the books instead of the ball. Sounds to me like she is following in the footsteps of so many other high school stars that think far too much of themselves and are not getting sound advice on decision making. Too Bad!