Central Bucks South's Josh Adams did not pull the trigger on committing to Notre Dame on his unofficial visit last June, but his mother had a strong vibe that he would soon pledge to the school.
"You could see it in his face when we were there," Apryll Adams said. "And I felt the same way. As soon as we stepped on campus, it felt like home. The school fosters a real family atmosphere."
Josh Adams, a fleet-footed senior tailback, committed to Notre Dame 10 days after his trip to South Bend. Wednesday morning at C.B. South's forum room, joined by his family and coaches, he signed a letter of intent to play for the Fighting Irish.
"It was just the feeling I got when I was there," the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder said of his decision. "It was a great experience. I met a lot of players who have the same football goals and expectations I have."
At the Irish Invasion camp last summer, Adams, a three-star prospect and No. 47 running back in the country according to Rivals.com, met briefly with wide receiver Will Fuller, a product of Roman Catholic, and offensive lineman Mike McGlinchey (Penn Charter).
Adams, of Warrington, burst onto the scene in his sophomore year at C.B. South by carrying 257 times for 2,085 yards and 28 touchdowns in 12 games. He was an Inquirer first-team all-Southeastern Pennsylvania selection.
He missed the latter part of his junior season after suffering a torn right anterior cruciate ligament. That was followed by surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital and rehabilitation work three days a week at Penn Therapy and Fitness at Arcadia.
"With physical therapy, you have to be patient with things," Adams said. "Then, at a certain point, you have to push yourself to the limit. I was blessed to have a lot of good people help me through the process."
In 10 games last fall, before he was sidelined by an ankle injury, Adams carried 209 times for 1,618 yards and 27 scores. The 18-year-old closed his career with 4,445 rushing yards, 5,148 total yards, and 75 TDs.
"This is a special day because Josh is a special kind of kid," Titans coach Tom Hetrick said. "He always does the right thing. He's a great ambassador for our program."
Adams also considered Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, and Stanford. He opted not to visit Stanford after seeing what Notre Dame had to offer.
On national signing day, the Irish landed another topflight ballcarrier in Dexter Williams of Winter Garden, Fla. The 5-11, 195-pounder is ranked as a four-star prospect and the No. 12 running back in the country by Rivals.