A Wanted Man

CAC WR/RB Joe Adams (6-1, 180, 4.4) - who could have his decision made before the summer ends - shows what all the fuss is about Friday afternoon as the 24-team Shootout of the South 7-on-7 Tournament gets underway in Little Rock.

LITTLE ROCK - This spring and summer can be summed up pretty easily for CAC football star Joe Adams.

"It's been real crazy," said Adams, who led his team to a 4-0 mark in pool play Friday at the Shootout of the South 7-on-7 Tournament with one game left on the slate.

How crazy? He's gotten offers from Arkansas, USC, LSU, Florida., Georgia, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, TCU, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Clemson and Mississippi State.

Adams (6-1, 170, 4.4) – the second-ranked player in the state per the recently released Hawgs Illustrated magazine rankings – has handled everything in a class manner according to CAC head coach Tim Perry.

"I am very proud of him," Perry said. "He's a 17-year-old young man that I know has personally talked to 12 to 15 head coaches who are men that you grow up idolizing. He's not only talked to them on the phone, but he's been in their offices and handled himself with class and I am just extremely proud of him and the way he has handled it."

Adams, who lined up at wideout and running back last season while accumulating over 2,000 yards total offense and 24 touchdowns as a junior, is likely to make a decision sooner than later.

"He has been up front and honest with all of them and has told all the coaches that he intends to make a decision by the time the summer is over with and then focus on the coming season," Perry added. "I am glad about that – for him personally and for our team."

To that end, Adams – whose team beat Bryant (37-22), Allen (16-14), Springdale Har-Ber (34-7) and Dumas (21-18) on Friday - will be getting some unofficial visits out of the way this summer.

"Next week I fly out to USC for one of their camps and then next month I go to Florida," Adams said. "I want to get the long distance ones out of the way and then go to the Arkansas camp (on July 21) and Oklahoma and all these places that are not that far.

"I had wanted to come to the Arkansas camp this past week, but I was finishing up a Spanish course and couldn't fit it in," Adams said. "But I'll be at the second one."

Adams said he is indeed trying to get his decision made before CAC opens its 2007 campaign.

"I am really trying to commit before the season starts," Adams said. "That's my goal. But I guess if it doesn't happen I will still be out visiting."

Depending on who you listen to either Arkansas, USC, Oklahoma or Georgia lead the chase.

Adams said that people are just guessing.

"I don't really know – I really don't," Adams said. "I still have my options and my mind open."

He is getting encouragement from Pulaski Academy wideout and UA commit Cruz Williams and former CAC star and 2007 Razorback signee D.J. Williams to stay in state.

"I talked to Cruz all the time and they are on me," Adams said, Perry said Adams is taking a patient approach with his recruiting.

"It is a tough decision for him to make with that many schools wanting him to be a part of their program," Perry said. "He is trying to factor everything in and make a decision and I am proud of the fact that he has kept an open mind. He has not in our private conversations indicated one school above the other. He is trying to be as objective as he can."

Adams showed off his versatility at defensive back while going up against Allen (Texas) High star Dan Bucker, a 6-5 wideout who is already committed to the University of Texas.

"He's a tremendous athlete and I think if we put him anywhere that he would make plays," Perry said. "He is extremely competitive, he has a lot of ability and he is as important to us defensively as he is offensively."


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