Sam Adkins Signs NLI with Kentucky Rifle
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Sam Adkins, who recently won the U18 air rifle championship at the 2023 USA Shooting Championships, has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the University of Kentucky rifle team, it was announced Friday.
Adkins will join Elizabeth Probst from Brady, Texas in the 2024 signing class and officially begin competition for the Wildcats in the fall of 2024. Adkins comes to Lexington from Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, where he is an accomplished performer for the Palmyra Junior Rifle Team.
“Sam is going to be the perfect fit for our program and Coach Papasodora and I are excited that he has decided to be a Wildcat,” UK head coach Harry Mullins said. “Sam has all the tools and work ethic to be a great shooter for us and we cannot wait to get him on campus soon and get started.”
It has been a successful year on the junior circuit for Adkins. In June, he competed in the 2023 USA Shooting Championships, winning the U18 Championship in men’s 10m air rifle. He also competed in the 2023 USA Shooting Junior Olympic Rifle Championships in April, finishing third in men’s smallbore and 10th overall amongst all competitors. Adkins also took home first place in the U17 Precision Age Group at the 2023 Civilian Marksmanship Program 3P Nationals. At the 2022 American Smallbore Shooting Association Smallbore Rifle National Championships, Adkins finished first in his class in marksman.