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May 2016 Issue

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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BY ANDREW IVINS There aren't many linebackers these days that play like David Ad- ams. Not anymore. At least that's what Pittsburgh Central Catholic head coach Terry Totten thinks. Totten, who grew up in the Steel City and can vividly remember back in the late '70s when Notre Dame used to get whomever it wanted from wherever it wanted in West- ern Pennsylvania, said that Adams isn't your typical linebacker. In an era where spread offenses are the norm and speed dominates both the col- lege and professional level, Totten said that Adams is a blast from the past. "David is old school," Totten said. "He wants to get you on the ground. He wants to hit you, and he's athletic enough to run sideline to sideline in coverage. But his primary goal is to attack the line of scrimmage and get the back down. "He's a throwback," he added. "He's really a special kid, a tough kid and a leader." And that's exactly why Notre Dame wanted Adams. Pittsburgh Linebacker Is A 'Throwback' Player Rivals rates Adams as a four-star recruit, the No. 5 player in Pennsylvania, and the No. 4 inside line- backer and No. 100 overall prospect in the country. PHOTO BY ANDREW IVINS COMMITMENT PROFILE DAVID ADAMS

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