RECRUITING: Iowa State lands JUCO edge Jefferson Adam

Iowa State has earned a commitment from Jefferson Adam, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound defensive end out of the JUCO ranks.

The Michigan native is coming to Ames from Hocking College, where he totaled 8.5 sacks in nine games played last season.

“(Iowa State) just checks a lot of boxes,” Adam said. “The academics, the resources, the development, the coaches and the people… the Game Day atmosphere, it’s the best fit for me.”

Adam was especially impacted by defensive line coach Eli Rasheed.

“Coach Rasheed is a great guy,” Adam said. “There’s been multiple times where he’s flown out just to see me – where some coaches will fly out to see multiple people. He’s a great guy.”

Adam’s former high school teammate Treyveon McGee currently suits up at defensive back for the Cyclones and was Adam’s host during his visit to Ames.

Adam chooses Iowa State over offers from Indiana, West Virginia, California, Ball State and Akron among others.

Originally Adam played Safety in high school and was moved to linebacker at Morgan State, the first school he attended.

After transferring to Hocking, Adam started as a linebacker and played a year at that spot, but played his first full season as a defensive back in 2022.

“During the first game (of the season), on the first defensive play of the game, I had a big sack,” Adam said. “At that moment, I knew what I was going to be. I knew I was going to have a really good season. I got back to the line and was telling myself, ‘this is who I am.'”

Adam will have three years of eligibility at Iowa State.