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February 23, 2014

Staying together




Twin brothers Jordan and Jacquez Adams have always done everything together for as long as the two can remember, so it only made sense to do the same when it came time to make their college commitments.

The pair has always had a special connection, whether it be throwing and catching passes on the football field or finishing each other's sentences and now they will take the next step of their careers together in Morgantown.

The two Reisterstown (Md.) Franklin products ended their recruitments by committing to West Virginia Saturday afternoon while on campus for the Mountaineers junior day, however, it was a decision that they had actually been contemplating for a quite a while.

"I had been leaning to them since they first offered me during the season," Jordan said. "..I had always been a fan of West Virginia and it's a school that I know I could do well at with academics and playing the sport I love."

"Our dad has been talking to us lately about it and he just said make sure you guys are comfortable about the school and make sure we fit in," Jacquez said. "We felt comfortable there."

The Mountaineers were the third school to offer Jordan, a 6-foot-1, 165-pound cornerback, and the first to offer Jacquez, a 6-foot, 160-pound slot receiver, allow the brothers to fulfill a life-long dream to continue playing together on the collegiate level.

"That's a big deal playing with my brother for our entire football career. We committed at the same time," Jordan said. "We planned on staying together but West Virginia is the best fit for us."

"It's a great feeling playing with brother because not a lot of brothers get that chance so that's truly a blessing," Jacquez said.

The twins first gave West Virginia wide receivers coach Lonnie Galloway the good news only a little over two hours into their junior day visit and the assistant coach was initially surprised over what he was hearing.

"I told him that I was ready and at first he didn't believe me but I was serious so he told me to tell coach (Dana) Holgorsen and he was pumped, too," Jordan said. "…It feels really good to be a Mountaineer. I'm a part of a family now."

Galloway served as the lead recruiter for the two and built a strong bond with them early in the process that only helped to further seal the deal in the Mountaineers favor.

"We're tight. I feel real comfortable talking to (the coaches)," Jordan said. "It's very important because you should have that bond with the coaches if not there's no reason committing to the school."

"I felt really comfortable. They have great academics especially what I want to pursue," Jacquez said.

Both brothers consider their commitments rock solid, although they do plan to still take visits to other schools if the opportunity arises during the process.

"I'm 100-percent into WVU so it'll have to be a miracle for me to decommit," Jordan said. "The visit opened my eyes and I knew I wanted to be a part of WVU."

Jordan play wide receiver and defensive back in high school and caught 50 passes for 768 yards and 6 touchdowns on offense, while recording 30 tackles, 12 pass deflections and 7 picks and one for a touchdown. Jacquez plays quarterback on the high school level and this past season threw for over 2,800 yards and 32 touchdowns, while rushing for another 879 yards and 14 touchdowns earning first team all-state, second team all-metro and various other accolades.

Jordan plans to potentially pursue a degree in the sports industry or physical therapy, while Jacquez plans to pursue a law degree to become a corporate attorney.

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