One Amazing Mustang

In his weekly recruiting column, Dudley E. Dawson writes about CAC junior grid star Joseph Adams (6-1, 175, 4.4), who had over 2,000 yards total offense last season and got into the end zone 24 times. This story is sponsored by the Arkansas Toyota Dealers. It's free and so is a special offer to attend a Razorback event on the Arkansas Toyota Dealers website. Click on a banner for details.




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While freely admitting that I haven't seen every football player in the state of Arkansas, it is hard to believe there is a more electrifying 2008 in-state prospect out there than Central Arkansas Christian junior Joseph Adams.

Adams (6-1, 175, 4.4) was as much fun to watch as anyone I got a chance to see play live or on DVD during the 2006 prep campaign.

Adams, a wide receiver/running back/return specialist who has plans to be in Fayetteville for an Arkansas Junior Day on Feb. 24th, had over 2,000 yards total offense and 24 touchdowns last season while being utilized in a variety of ways for the Mustangs.

CAC head Tim Perry is obviously a big fan of Adams, who also lined up at defensive back after transferring in from Little Rock Parkview.

"He just added so much to our team," Perry said "He is so explosive, sees the holes so well and has great anticipation. Any time he touches the ball whether it is on a carry, a reception, on an interception or returning kicks, he can take it all the way and did just that a lot this season."

In my humble opinion, the young man – who had 882 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns, 632 yards receiving and another 9 touchdowns and 590 return yards with an additional score - needs an offer from the University of Arkansas right now.

"I am getting most of my mail from SEC teams and Georgia Tech and Oklahoma State has sent me things as well," Adams said. "I would say I am mostly looking at Arkansas, Tennessee and Georgia Tech right now."

Adams, a teammate of 2007 UA signee David William on last season's 8-4 CAC squad, admits one thing about last year's Razorback offense stood out more than others last season to him.

"I love that Wildcat," noted Adams, referring to the direct snap to tailback Darren McFadden that Arkansas used frequently last season. "I think I could do a real good job running that. My strength is being able to see different holes and making the breaks to make a big play so that would work really well."

Adams said that Perry has plans to utilize him in that type of offense in the Mustangs' 2007 offense after a junior that resulted in him being named an all-state performer.

"I spent most of the time at receiver or running back with a little bit of quarterback," Adams said. "This season I am going to play a little bit more of quarterback. (Starting quarterback) Drew Stringfellow is still there, but we are going to mix it up a little bit."

There is no doubt that Adams' transfer from Little Rock Parkview – where he would have been the starting quarterback - to CAC raised a few eyebrows last summer, but he seem to adapt well after the highly-publicized move.

"It was a big transition," Adams said. "We had a good season and I really liked the team and they really accepted me. We could do better than we did last season. I think we will this next season."

He certainly impressed his foes this season as evidenced by these quotes back in September from Pulaski Academy coach Kevin Kelly and eventual USC signee Broderick Green.

"That kid (Adams) is one of the best athletes I have seen in awhile," Kelly said. "He has speed, he's 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."

Green was also very impressed on a night when Adams scored on a 50-yard dash, a 29-yard pass play and a 60-yard hook-and-lateral play that looked very similar to the play Boise State used against Oklahoma during the college bowl season.

Adams, who had 3 catches for 105 yards and 79 yards rushing that night on what is affectionately called Mustang Mountain, helped really his team from a 28-7 deficit into a tie only to see Pulaski Academy pull out a 36-34 win in the end. He did so with coaches from Arkansas, Oklahoma State and Arkansas State all on hand.

"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, who averaged 28.2 yards per kickoff return and 27.9 on punt returns, was very impressive at Arkansas' camp last summer and has plans to be back this season.

"I really like Arkansas and their coaches," Adams said. "I think it is a place I could be very happy at if that's where I end up deciding to go."



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