Notre Dame linebacker David Adams, a former 4-star recruit that starred at Pittsburgh (Pa.) Central Catholic before signing with the Fighting Irish, will take a medical exemption and step away from the football program. Adams, who was going to be a sophomore for the 2018 season, announced the news on his Twitter feed on Tuesday evening.
— DAVID ADAMS (@David_Adams1335) June 20, 2018
Adams was considered by 247Sports to be the nation’s No. 10 inside linebacker when he committed to the Fighting Irish on March 20, 2016. He was also ranked as the No. 7 player in Pennsylvania at any position.
As a senior in high school, he recorded 84 tackles and 5 ½ sacks in 14 games. He added 1 interception and 2 fumble recoveries. That earned him an invite to the annual Under Armour All-America Game, as well as several first-team all-state and all-region honors.
However, after several high school and college injuries, Adams decided to step away from the game to regain his health. He is leaving the door open for a possible return.
“I am going to continue to train and see what happens with my health overall,” Adams told Irish Sports Daily’s Matt Freeman. “I understand this could be it; however, you never know what the possibilities are if I got to 100 percent at some point again.”