May 31, 2013

Adams talks about his summer plans

Recruiting is a funny business.

Some recruits come barreling out of the gates and receive all the hype, all the phone calls and everyone knows their name, where they're going and what they will become once they reach the college football field of their choice.

Other recruits fly under the radar, for whatever reason, before bursting on the scene and making a name for themselves.

One such recruit that seems poised to become a bigger name in the class of 2014 is Charlotte Independence offensive lineman Tony Adams.

At 6-foot-1 and 318 pounds, Adams already has the size and frame college coaches are looking for.

What he lacks is experience.

With only one year of experience playing his current position, it's likely that the only reason more offers haven't been thrown Adams' way is because coaches are waiting to get a closer look at him before they decide to pull the trigger.

Adams will keep busy over the summer by attending football camps at North Carolina, Duke, N.C. State and Wake Forest.

"It's been going alright. I've been getting calls from N.C. State and a few other Division I schools but I've been getting calls from Division II schools the most. I've had three or four offers come in from Furman, North Carolina A&T, Campbell and Charleston Southern," said Adams. "But I feel like after I do a few camps, more Division I offers will come in because of how I did at the Rivals Camp. Even though I had the toe injury I still thought I did well."

Adams wasn't just doing well at The Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour when it rolled into Charlotte in April. He was impressing everyone in attendance and putting himself in great position heading into the next phase of recruiting.

"Things happen for a reason, that's fine. I was doing really well at the camp. I was showing out in the drills early and there was a buzz about me before I came over to the one-on-one (drills). But I was blocking the guy and then my toe got stuck in the turf," said Adams.

"I feel like things happen for a reason. It wasn't too big of an injury. It would have been devastating if it had been an ACL or anything so I was thankful it wasn't that. I was able to get back up the next Tuesday or Wednesday. I was able to run again. The only thing that really mattered was that I could still play football this upcoming season," said Adams. "You guys ( still ranked me pretty high which I really appreciate it. I saw the rankings and you guys ranked me in the top ten for the offensive side of the camp and you guys also ranked me in the top 50. That's my whole thing, I'll come back and everything happens for a reason. I'm going to go to these camps and I should be fine."

Adams' performance in Charlotte nabbed him the eighth spot in Woody Womack's top ten performances of the day among offensive players. He finished ahead of players like Braxton Berrios, Derrell Scott and Kevin Crosby.

After evaluating all the offensive linemen's performances throughout the camp series' tour across the country, Adams placed 39th for his position.

"The process is going to change pretty effectively because I'll have to weigh my options. I don't have a lot of options right now," said Adams. "I feel like since I've worked hard this whole offseason and really worked on my technique, I feel like after having only played offensive line for one year that my technique is as crisp as it's ever been."

"So I'm going to go to these camps and do what I do and do the best that I can. After I go to each of them that'll get me a D-1 offer but you never know. If they do I'll have to weigh my options," said Adams. "But UNC is my number one school if they do offer me but they're not really showing me a lot more love than the other schools. But I feel like after I go to their camp, I'll be totally fine."

Adams currently plays for one of the nation's more famous high school football programs by attending Charlotte Independence. Adams spoke about what it's like playing for a school with so much history.

"I'm coming from Boston. My Dad is the head wrestling coach at Boston University. I've lived in Boston my whole life and we just moved down with my Mom. Boston's football is nowhere near the talent level of North Carolina's football. That's the other reason that I came down," said Adams. "Being at Independence is just a plus. You have the tradition, the big "I" on the helmet and it's a great experience. I'm happy to be an important asset to the team. I feel like it's been a great experience so far. We're all brothers on the team. We all come together to form a great team. If anything I feel like it's been a privilege and a great opportunity."

At this time, Adams doesn't see himself taking a JUCO route to try and improve his stock.

Rightfully so, he believes there is still time to sit back and wait to see what kinds of Division I offers will come his way before that option even enters his thought process.

"JUCO was never in my mind. I don't know if it should be. I've never even thought about JUCO because that was never really brought up to me. I definitely want to weigh my options when I get more offers. I'm just trying to be optimistic about everything," says Adams. "If I do what I do and I do what I know I can do and my abilities are brought to the best that I know they can then I'll be fine. I won't have to worry about anything."

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