The first time new Jones County CC coach Steve Buckley saw Tony Adams he was in for a shock.
Buckley knew Adams, who committed to Arkansas State on Friday, was a big man but was stunned when the scales tipped at 388.
“There is no way I would have thought he was going to weigh that much,’’ said Buckley. “He did not look it. He carried that well.”
Now, the interior defensive lineman is down to the 335-pound range on his 6-foot-1 frame and Buckley is looking forward to seeing him.
“He probably looks like he weighs 285 to 290 pounds. I told him when he left a few weeks ago to watch his weight. He left here at 345 and If he comes back real heavy that offer will be off the table. Weight has always been his issue.”
Adams has yet to visit the campus in Jonesboro but said he did not need to.
“Everyone made me feel like I was wanted,’’ he said. “I know that is the place for me to go. I really liked the people up there.”
The lead recruiter on Adams was Luke Paschall, who works the Mississippi junior colleges.
Jones County just might have the most talented defensive front in the country next season. Among the group is an Ole Miss commit, a South Carolina commit and a defensive end who has five SEC offers.
“Tony is right there with them,’’ he said. “He just does not have the length of the other guys. But he is just what you want in a nose guard in a 3-man front.”
Buckley, who was the high school coach of A-State’s Blake Anderson’s son (Colton), said more than 80 Division I coaches visited Jones this spring and the interest in Adams is great.
“He does have a lot of interest,’’ he said. “A lot of coaches are watching this team. We have 16 guys with Division I offers.”
Adams is on course to graduate in December and join the Red Wolves for spring practice in March.
“He’s a good student, a good player and a real good guy,’’ he said. “He came from a good program (Northwest Rankin in Brandon, Miss.). He will be a great fit for Arkansas State.”
Adams was listed on the school's Faculty List Honor Roll for the Spring semester.
In high school Adams played some offensive line as a junior but made the move to defense alone at junior college.
“I was just ready to make a decision,’’ said Adams, on his commitment to the Red Wolves. I just want to go up there and do what I can to make the team.”