Harding Academy junior wideout Kurt Adams loved sharing the pass catching duties with others this past season - such as future University of Arkansas walk on Ryan Higginbotham - and still managed to haul in 90 passes of his own.
That type of productivity for the pass-happy Wildcats is one of the reasons why Adams (6-5, 170, 4.7) has begun drawing recruiting interest from schools such as Arkansas, Notre Dame, Stanford and Vanderbilt.
Adams, who totaled over 1,600 yards receiving and 20 touchdowns on those 90 catches, has plans to be at Arkansas' Junior Day this Saturday although a regional championship basketball game could get in the way.
"If I don't make it up there this weekend, then I'll be coming for sure later on," Adams said. "I've always loved Arkansas, loved (UA head) Coach (Houston) Nutt, who is a good guy and very well-respected. I also know (former Harding Academy standout and Razorback) Jeb Huckeba and he has nothing but great things to say about the school and the program."
With the 6-5 Adams and the 6-6 Higginbotham on opposite sides of the field and standout tailback Kreg Kell both a running and receiving threat for junior quarterback Zach Tribble, Harding Academy rolled up some big-time numbers during a 2004 season.
The Wildcats finished 11-2 with the season ending on a 58-51 loss to Jessieville in the Class AA state playoff quarterfinals.
"It was a great season for us and it was nice having a 6-6 guy as athletic as Ryan to take some of the pressure off me," Adams said. "The corners really couldn't double any of us because we had some many threats and Kreg Kell also did a great job running the ball when we didn't pass."
One of the Adams' best game of the year was in a 47-44 loss to Palestine-Wheatley.
"I had a big game on defense and ran back a interception for a touchdown," Adams said. "Then on our next possession, I caught a pass and went 90 yards for a touchdown only to have it called back by a penalty that really wasn't a penalty when we looked at it on film. But then we just threw four more passes to me and I got in the end zone anyway."
Adams attended Peyton Manning's Camp in New Orleans last summer and has already been to the U.S. Army National Junior Combine in San Antonio in January.
"I'm not sure what other camps I am going to go to this summer yet because of our 7-on-7 schedule, but I'll probably make it to Arkansas, where I went to camp a couple of years ago," Adams said. "I am going to do my best to see a lot of things and be seen and hopefully have a lot of opportunities."
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