Talented senior tight end who should be a key ingredient in the Gamecocks’ attack in 2015... only tight end on the roster with experience at the position... owns 38 career receptions for 556 yards, a 14.6-yard average, with four touchdowns in 35 games... has six career starts... a two-time member of the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.
2014: Third-year tight end who saw action in all 13 games, making five starts... caught 21 passes for 279 yards with one touchdown... had three catches in the first two contests, then went four-straight games without a reception... with Rory Anderson sidelined, Adams responded with 17 receptions for 220 yards over the final six regular games... collected a career high 91 yards on three receptions against Furman, including a career-long 45-yard touchdown catch... had a career-best four receptions for 41 yards versus Tennessee... also logged four catches at Florida... a member of the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll... named the “Most Improved” tight end for the second-straight year in the spring of 2014.
2013: Tight end who played in all 13 games, making one start... caught 13 passes for 187 yards, a 14.4-yard clip, with a pair of scores... suffered an ankle injury in preseason camp which limited him early in the season... made the start and hauled in a career-long 44-yard reception at UCF... caught two passes for 50 yards against Kentucky... caught three passes for 48 yards at Missouri... scored on a four-yard catch against Mississippi State... caught three passes including a touchdown in the Capital One Bowl win over Wisconsin... a member of the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll... shared "Most Improved" tight end honors during the spring with Rory Anderson.
2012: True freshman tight end... earned SEC All-Freshman accolades by the league's coaches... caught four passes for 90 yards and a touchdown in nine games... averaged 22.5 yards per reception... one of three true freshmen to play in the season opener at Vanderbilt... caught his first pass, a 33-yarder from Seth Strickland, in the win over UAB... logged a 12-yard reception at Florida... caught his first touchdown pass, a 29-yarder against Arkansas, for the game's first points.
PREP SCHOOL: Attended Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy in the fall of 2011... coached by John Shuman... was a four-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com, and a three-star talent by ESPN.com.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played quarterback, tight end, linebacker, defensive end and punter in football and was a power forward on the basketball team at Scott's Branch High School in Summerton, S.C., graduating in 2011... led the Eagles to the 1A Division II state title as a senior... coached by Leonard Johnson... in two years at quarterback he threw for 689 yards and 12 touchdowns in the run-dominated offense... also caught 21 passes for 581 yards and eight scores in his career... logged 96 tackles with five interceptions and a sack as a junior on the defensive side of the ball... caught three touchdown passes as a tight end in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas... was the first player from his high school to play in the Shrine Bowl... also played in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Myrtle Beach... the Eagles were the 2008 1A Division II state champions and the 2009 state runners-up... also played basketball, averaging 19 points and 13 rebounds as a junior... given a three-star ranking, considered the state's 10th-best player and rated as the 17th-best tight end in the country according to Rivals.com... given three stars and considered the nation's 30th-best high school tight end by Scout.com... a four-star recruit by 247Sports.com... named to PrepStar's All-Atlantic Region class... decided to attend South Carolina over Clemson.
PERSONAL: Jerell D. Adams was born December 31, 1992... is pursuing a degree in public health.