The football is in Vernon Adams’ hands.
At Eastern Washington and at Oregon, fans and coaches are waiting to learn whether he’ll remain an Eagle or become a Duck.
EWU’s record-setting quarterback paid a three-day visit to Eugene during the weekend after receiving a scholarship offer from Oregon coach Mark Helfrich.
Adams returned to Cheney on Sunday afternoon, but did not respond Monday to several telephone calls and text messages.
Adams has several choices ahead of Wednesday’s National Signing Day, when high-school prospects sign letters-of-intent. He could announce that’s he’s staying at Eastern, announce a transfer to Oregon after his graduation on June 12.
Or he do nothing at all, as he’s not formally bound by Wednesday’s deadline.
On the other hand, if he delays his decision, Oregon could sign a high school quarterback. Or the Ducks could also defer, keeping a scholarship spot open while Adams continues to weigh his options.
That would delay a final decision by several weeks, though it’s expected that Adams will decide by Wednesday.
A move to Oregon would heighten his visibility among pro scouts as he faces top-tier opponents almost every week. On the other hand, he isn’t guaranteed to play for the Ducks, let alone start, on a team that won the Rose Bowl and finished second in the nation last season.
“I’m not going there to be a walk-on or a second-stringer,” Adams told The Spokesman-Review last week before flying to Eugene.
The redshirt junior, already a two-time Big Sky Conference Ofensive Player of the Year and Walter Payton Award runner-up, would be eligible to play for Oregon immediately for his final season under the NCAA’s graduate student transfer-exception rule.
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