“Recruiting is going pretty well,” said Tony Adams. “I don’t have any offers yet, but I have been talking to a lot of schools like South Carolina, North Carolina, North Carolina State, and basically all the schools in North Carolina. Boston College is another school that I have talked to. I have also been contacted by USF and Stanford.”
“Right now, North Carolina is recruiting me the hardest,” he said. “South Carolina, N.C. State, and Wake Forest are right behind them.”
A couple of coaches have made a strong impression on the 6-foot-2, 310-pound lineman early in the recruiting process.
“I really like Coach Shawn Elliot at South Carolina and I also like Coach Chris Kapilovic at North Carolina,” Adams said.
Over the summer, the Independence standout had a chance to impress those coaches along with some from other schools.
“I went to camps at North Carolina, South Carolina, Wake Forest, N.C. State, and Duke,” he said. “I felt like at all the camps I went to that I was I was one of the top three linemen – including the seniors. Every camp I went to, they moved me up to go against the seniors.”
Although Adams has played primarily defense in high school, his future could be on the other side of the ball.
“I made all-conference as a defensive lineman last season, but I went as an offensive lineman to every camp,” Adams said. “Schools are looking at me at center and guard. But, I tell them I can play either side (of the ball). I just love football.”
This fall, Adams plans to visit several schools.
“I want to go to UNC, South Carolina, Wake Forest, and N.C. State,” he said. “I know I’m going to go to North Carolina and Wake Forest a lot.”
Besides visits, Adams is preparing for a big junior season at Independence, which has one of the top programs in the state.
“Our team goal is to obviously win a (state) championship,” said Adams. “We want to get the dynasty going again and I feel like we will this year. My individual goals are to make all-conference and have at least 10 (scholarship) offers by the end of the season.”
Independence finished 10-3 last season. Adams had 62 tackles, six sacks, three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. He bench presses 320 pounds, squats 495, and runs the 40-yard dash in 5.42 seconds. The Patriots open their season at home against Hough on August 17.