Third-year tight end who should be even more of a factor in the Gamecock offense... named the "Most Improved" tight end in the spring of 2014, the second-straight year he's earned that distinction... listed as the No. 2 tight end behind Rory Anderson, but a spring injury to Anderson could give Adams more opportunities this fall... owns 17 career receptions for 277 yards, a 16.3-yard average, with three touchdowns in 22 games... has one career start.
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.