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It takes time for Jonesboro coach Randy Coleman to tell about what all senior Jonathan Adams does for the Hurricane football team.
So for a guy who plays three sports at JHS, earning All-State honors in two of them, doing a little bit of everything for the football team is no big deal.
“Well, we play him at our X receiver, which is a position that we line up wide and gets a lot of one-on-one and he wins a lot of those battles,’’ said Coleman. “But he is also a part-time safety, although we plan to use him more there this year, and we line him up some at tight end. This year we are going to put him in the backfield and let him run the ball some. And he will also return kicks.”
Adams, whose father Jonathan played at Arkansas State, committed to Red Wolves Monday evening, the day before JHS opens its season on the A-State campus vs. Batesville.
Coleman said Adams (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) was receiving heavy interest from Memphis and Louisiana Tech.
“You are looking at a guy who is a three-sport letterman,’’ said Coleman. “In the spring he did football with us, was on the track team and played AAU basketball. He is a not a guy who did the camp circuit because he did some many other things.
“I think A-State is getting a steal -- and i’m not saying because he might have picked ASU anyway -- who can do so many things he was just always busy. He always met his responsibilities with us and worked out and did other sports.”
Adams earned Class 6A All-State honors in football and basketball and qualified for the state track meet in two events.
For the Golden Hurricane last fall, he set school records for receptions (63), receiving yards (1,231) and receiving TDs (19). He also had 3 interceptions and returned a punt for a TD.
“I think his best position might be tight end,’’ said Coleman. “One he gets on a training table and a year-round weight program he can easily carry 235. And you look at coach (Blake) Anderson’s history and you see where he likes guys who play basketball playing tight end. He did that at North CArolina and at A-State with DArion Griswold and Blake Mack.
“But he is also a guy who could play wide out. He could be a nickle on defense and I would not rule out, if he really wanted too, putting on weight and being a defensive end. He could wind up lining up at a lot of positions.
“I really think he is the most overlooked guy in the state of Arkansas. I think he has a chance to be really good on the next level regardless of where he plays.”
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