Caleb Adams has put in the work and continues to do so.
Now he has to wait and see if he going to get a shot at earning a tryout in the NFL.
Adams, a 2015 Mayo High grad, wrapped up his stellar college career at Division III Wisconsin-Stout last fall. Since then he has caught the attention of NFL scouts. He did not get selected in this past weekend’s draft, but Adams hopes to be signed by a team as a non-drafted free agent or get to attend a rookie tryout camp.
“I’m just trying to play it day by day and trying to learn about the whole process,” the 22-year-old Adams said.
Adams excelled as an offensive lineman at Stout. Adams, who is 6-foot-3 1/2 and about 300 pounds, was twice a first-team all-conference pick in the WIAC and was also named all-region twice.
He played in the National Bowl, an All-Star game for Division II and III players in Daytona Beach, Fla., after the 2018 fall season. He performed so well that he was asked to play in the Tropic Bowl as well. That was held later in Daytona Beach and was for mostly Division I players.
“I guess they saw something in me,” Adams said. “It was definitely cool and cool to go to. Definitely the National Bowl helped with that (getting recognized), being in front of scouts.
“That was very helpful; we had panels from agents and past (NFL) players on what to do and what not to do,” he added.
Adams, who has an agent, also attended an NFL regional combine at the Kansas City Chiefs’ practice facility in early March. That was a mini version of the national NFL Combine, where players were tested and did drills in front of scouts. While at the combine, Adams posted a 5.29 time in the 40-yard dash, had 18 reps in the 225-pound bench press and had a vertical jump of 23 1/2 inches.
Lately he has been working with ETS Performance, a training company that has partnered with Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen. He has been working on drills for offensive linemen and techniques as well as trying to get stronger and faster.
“Thinking back to high school, this is something that was not expected,” Adams said. “But I set goals high for myself. And wanted to be the best on my team and the best in the conference. My goals just kept getting higher and higher.”
Now his goal is to at least get a tryout with an NFL team.
“Basically it’s just waiting to see if a team likes me,” he said.
Adams has tried to keep up with his studies as much as possible with all of the workouts and travel. He is a year away from getting his degree in the major of supply chain. He is also close to a business degree and could finish that up with online classes.
“I want to have some sort of degree, just in case,” he said.
Mayo grad Anna Winter, who plays Division II volleyball at Upper Iowa University, has received the 2019 Willis R. Kelly Scholar-Athlete Award for Academic Excellence. The honor is awarded through the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Winter, a junior, is a mathematics, chemistry and biology triple major at Upper Iowa. She holds a 4.00 grade-point average while excelling in volleyball for the Peacocks. Winter is the first Upper Iowa student-athlete to earn the Kelly Award. She has been on the Athletics Director’s Honor Roll every semester and is an NSIC All-Academic team member. She has received multiple scholarships including the G.C. Baker Scholarship the Excellence in Mathematics Scholarship, the Excellence in Mathematics Scholarship and the Goebel Scholarship. The Baker, Goebel, and Excellence in Mathematics Scholarships are given to one recipient per year and are chosen by the science and mathematics faculty, who select the top student academically for each award.
Winter is an active participant on campus and in the community. She is a member of ENACTUS (campus student entrepreneurial group), a mentor for freshmen student-athletes through the Athlete Peer Educator Program as well as a tutor in mathematics, biology and chemistry.
On the court, Winter is a two-time All-NSIC performer, earning first team honors this past season. Last fall she had 404 kills (3.88 per set) while hitting .257 with only 89 errors. In her three-year career, she has 880 kills in 84 matches to go with 323 digs and 107 blocks. Winter was also accepted into the 2019 NASA Summer Training Program, a highly competitive program which accepts about 20 students nationally each year.
Guy N. Limbeck is a sports writer for the Post Bulletin. His Local Notebook appears each Tuesday. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org