No Ordinary Joe

Central Arkansas Christian's Joe Adams (6-1, 180, 4.4), one of's top 100 players nationally, is visiting the University of Arkansas this weekend as the Razorbacks take their best chance to pry him away from USC.

No matter where he goes in the state of Arkansas, Central Arkansas Christian prep football star and current USC commit Joe Adams gets advice.

So it's no surprise that even before the wideout/cornerback prospect began his official visit to the University of Arkansas on Friday that a couple of Razorback fans in Northwest Arkansas shared their feelings with him.

"People come up to me all the time," Adams said. "A couple of guys even came up before I even got to my room today and were telling me I should go to Arkansas. Everywhere I go I get the same thing – ‘c'mon and go to Arkansas, it's the in-state school and you could be a big hero like Darren McFadden.'"

It's certainly something that Adams (6-1, 180, 4.4) – ranked as the 95th best player in the country by - is giving some thought as evidenced by the fact that he is one of 11 recruits scheduled to take official visits to Fayetteville this weekend.

If the Razorbacks are successful in flipping him away from the Trojans, Adams says part of the reason will be the effort that UA assistant coach and new recruiting coordinator Tim Horton put in.

"I was really impressed when Coach Horton came in and he really didn't have to recruit me because I had already committed to Southern Cal," Adams said. "But he wouldn't give up and kept pushing and pushing."

Then a few weeks after the Razorbacks upset No. 1 and eventual national champion LSU 50-48 at Baton Rouge, Bobby Petrino took over for Houston Nutt as head coach.

He first hired his brother Paul as offensive coordinator and receivers coach and the pair went straight to Adams' house as soon as possible.

"I am also really impressed with all the new coaches that came in – especially Bobby Petrino and Paul Petrino," Adams said. "They both came to my house and showed me some routes I would be running and some film on how they would use me if I decided to come here to Arkansas for college."

Adams was an all-purpose player for the Mustangs this season as he rushed for 742 yards, caught 33 passes for 770 yards, had return yardage of 435 yards and also threw for a pair of touchdowns and a accounted for 25 scores overall.

He also had 5 interceptions on the season for 187 yards in returns – including a 77-yarder that he took to the house.

USC, where Adams will visit next weekend, has talked to Adams about playing cornerback first and then possibly moving to offense.

The Petrinos seem to have him on offense on their minds.

"Coach Horton said I could play both ways, but Paul Petrino said he wanted me to play wide receiver," Adams said. "I wouldn't mind playing both ways, just wherever they need me."

CAC finished 10-2-1 this season and ended its season with a state semifinal loss to Pine Bluff Dollarway, a team it had beat in the first game of the season.

"I thought we did good at the beginning of the season before we lost a couple of players on defense," Adams said. "I thought we possibly could have won a state championship as the season was going on, but we got put out in the semis by Dollarway."

Adams recently spent a week in Orlando after being selected to play in the Under Armour All-Star game.

He got a chance to hang out with Razorback commit De'Anthony Curtis of Camden Fairview and Katy (Texas) star Aundre Dean, who is visiting Arkansas this weekend as well.

"The whole week was good and I got to learn some things from former NFL coaches and they told us what they are looking for on the NFL level," Adams said. "I got a chance to hang out with De'Anthony and a couple more players like Andre Dean, who is supposed to be up here this weekend.

"…I just had fun down there talking to players that I could possibly play against in college or maybe even be on the same team with," Adams said. "It was a great time."

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