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Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Four-star WR Adams heading to Toledo

By Corey Dowlar

It's not every day that you see Toledo beat out Cincinnati for a Florida prospect, but that's what happened on national signing day.

Rodney Adams (St. Petersburg, Fla./Lakewood), a four-star wide receiver, chose the Rockets over the Bearcats and is off to play in the MAC. UCF was also in the mix late, securing an official visit, but one way or another, Adams was headed to Ohio.

What it means for Toledo: They're getting a steal. Adams, who once was a Florida commitment, has plenty of ability to play at a high level. He should be able to come in and play immediately, so long as he keeps his head on straight.

What it means for Cincinnati: With only one wide receiver commitment heading into national signing day, it means the Bearcats are going to have to go in another direction if they have a quota to meet. That, and they are missing on a player that could have performed in the Big East.

Turning point: The last visit Adams took was to Toledo. The Rockets got their final say in, and that made a big difference in the four-star prospect's mind.

Surprise (scale of 1-5): 4. On the surface, picking Toledo over Cincinnati is just something you don't see every day. But Toledo has had success with Florida prospects before, and relationships make a big impact.

Immediate impact (scale of 1-5): 5. Hard to imagine that Toledo has many four-star wide receivers from Florida on the roster. Adams should be able to contribute right away.