There were a lot of Division I prospects on the field on top of Mustang Mountain Friday night, but perhaps none as electrifying as Central Arkansas Christian junior standout Joseph Adams.
Adams (6-1, 175, 4.4) announced himself as a star in a big way Friday night in a 36-34 home loss to visiting Pulaski Academy by finding the end zone three times and having another score called back due to a penalty.
The transfer from Little Rock Parkview scored on a 50-yard run, a 29-yard pass reception and a 60-yard hook and lateral play where several Bruins had angles on him but failed to run him down.
"He's just a wonderful young player and we are glad he is with us," CAC head coach Tim Perry said. "He is extremely fast and has a knack for getting into the end zone."
Adams had 3 catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns and 79 yards rushing on five carries and another score.
He did so with coaches from Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Arkansas State and a few other colleges looking on.
"I made some good players, but I wanted the win more than anything else," Adams said. "We just got going too late. You can't give a great team like Pulaski Academy a 28-7 lead at halftime. You have to play too much catch-up."
Although that's exactly what Adams helped the Mustangs do, his 29-yard touchdown catch and the ensuing PAT deadlocking things at 28-28.
Although PA drove down the field and scored and added a two-point conversion, Adams was headed to the end zone again on the hook and lateral. A failed two-point conversion kept the game from being tied once again.
"That kid (Adams) is one of the best athletes I have seen in awhile," Pulaski Academy head coach Kevin Kelly said. "He has speed, his pretty big and can run through tackles and has great moves. He is going to be a big-time college football player and is going to be a force to deal with the next two seasons while he is still in high school."
Pulaski Academy star Broderick Green, a USC commit, was thinking of a former Trojan while watching Adams.
"I was thinking Reggie Bush in my head when I saw him," Green said. "He was incredible. It was hard to get him down. He was lightning fast."
Adams had 3 catches for 18 yards, one rush for 14 yards, a 44-yard punt return and 3 kickoff returns for 65 yards in his team's 49-20 season-opening win over Pine Bluff Dollarway.
He makes a nice compliment to CAC tight end and linebacker David Williams.
"He brings the element of speed on the edge that we did not have last season," Williams said. "He is a great player, a team player and I love having him around."
Adams switch from Parkview to CAC was one that raised a few eyebrows in a city where there is a lot of friction between the public and private schools when it comes to athletics, but he says it feels like home.
"I love it out here," Adams said. "They treat me like family. I think as the season goes along we are going to get better and better."
When Sept. 1 came and juniors could get letters, Arkansas, LSU, Texas, Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech all got stuff out to Adams.
He has interest in Arkansas, a place he has attended camps the past couple of summers.
"I think they are about to get things going back up there again," Adams said. "They are opening up the offense and that makes them a lot more appealing."
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