He's Got a Knack

National Recruiting Editor
Posted Jul 18, 2007
Allen Wallace, National Recruiting Director TheInsiders.com and SuperPrep.com


Joe Adams already has 17 scholarship offers and he continues to deny a leader. "They are all equal right now," said the wide receiver/defensive back from Arkansas. "I like the ones I've seen so far and it's hard to narrow things down. I'm still going to Florida (July 19 camp) and will be visiting LSU in August, so hopefully after that I'll be able to narrow things down..."

Joe Adams, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound four-star wide receiver from Central Arkansas Christian in North Little Rock, Ark., finished his junior season with over 860 yards rushing and 600 yards receiving for a total of 27 touchdowns.

"I'm a good kick returner and punt returner too," Adams said. "I have a knack for the ball and I've also played quarterback so I'm real versatile. I can read the holes well and always find the opening. I still want to get stronger (benches 235, squats 405) and I'm also working on my route-running."

Adams, ranked No. 45 nationally by Scout.com, runs the forty in 4.5 and has a 39-inch vertical jump.

Although he has 17 scholarship offers, he continues to deny a leader. "They are all equal right now," Adams said. "I like the ones I've seen so far and it's hard to narrow things down. I'm still going to Florida (July 19 camp) and will be visiting LSU in August, so hopefully after that I'll be able to narrow things down."

Adams already attended camps at USC and Georgia. "The USC camp was great," Adams said. "It was a lot of fun and I got to work out at both defensive back and wide receiver. On the first day I did defensive back and on the second day I did receiver. They said I did great.

"I was really surprised by the size of USC," he admitted. "I thought it was going to be big, but it's a pretty small private school. I also always wanted to meet coach Pete Carroll and that was really cool. He threw the ball around with us and it was just a fun atmosphere. He said that I'd probably play defensive back my first year and then they'd move me into wide receiver."

Growing up, Adams admits he was always an LSU fan. "I grew up following them," Adams said. "My uncle lives near the campus and I go there every year, so I'm pretty familiar with the campus and the school. I really liked them when coach Nick Saban was there, but Les Miles is doing a great job and I love their spread offense."

Although Adams says that distance isn't an issue for him, he admits that he's feeling a lot of local pressure to stay in-state. "I'm definitely feeling it," he said. "I keep hearing about how Arkansas needs someone like me and how I'm a perfect fit for them. I have some friends that go there and they really want me to commit there. I'm trying not to pay too much attention to that.

"Distance isn't an issue for me or my parents. I don't mind going to USC or Florida or anywhere," he said. "Academics and me fitting in are the main things I'm looking for. I'd like to play as a freshman."

Besides already camping at USC and Georgia and visiting LSU and Arkansas, Adams also visited Clemson unofficially earlier this summer. "I really liked getting a chance to meet C.J. Spiller (Tigers running back) and talk with him about the team and their offense and stuff," he said. "I also talked with coach Tommy Bowden and he's a real good Christian man."

The only school that Adams hasn't yet visited is Florida. "They run a spread offense and I like what Percy Harvin was able to do in that offense," Adams said. "I see myself being like him."

Adams says he plans to make his decision early during the season. "It'll probably be after my first or second game," he said. "I want to focus on football and not recruiting during the season."

He reports a 3.3 core GPA and a 17 ACT, which he's retaking this fall.



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