'06 Focus: Josh Adams

Cary (NC) running back Josh Adams visited NC State last weekend for the Wolfpack's Junior Day and also watched the hoops team rout Virginia Tech.

"It was nice," Josh Adams told Pack Pride. "It was a pretty crazy crowd at the RBC Center, kind of like at the football games. Those crowds were very intense. They get into the game and obviously the players get into it too. From my understanding they had the #1 defense in the country so there must be something to it."

Adams led all North Carolina juniors in rushing in 2004 with 2,884 yards and 26 touchdowns, and he put life into a Cary program that didn't have a winning season in over ten years before last season. Adams showed glimpses of what he could do as a sophomore posting 1,486 yards and nine touchdowns before getting injured.

His stellar play has led to early interest from programs all across the country, with NC State and North Carolina already extending offers.

"It's nice that [UNC and NC State] have offered, but I've told them that I'm open," Adams said. "It's going to be a while before I decide, and I've let them know that."

"Coach Amato sent my offer in the mail a few weeks ago, but I met him on Junior Day and he let me know again in person," he added. "They were the first to give me an offer.

"Coach Bunting from UNC offered me in person at Junior Day. We went up to his office, and he put the offer on the table right there in front of me."

Adams admits that both programs have their differences, but did mention that their head coaches are very similiar.

"I really like both of them," he said. "Coach Chuck Amato seems nice and honest. He knows what he wants in a player and in his team, and he has high expectations. Coach Bunting has the same qualities. Both are very honest and try to recruit the best to achieve success for their programs."

Adams visited both schools last Saturday for Junior Day and was joined by his parents. He says that they don't have a favorite at this time either.

"My mom is not taking any sides, and she's open like me," he said. "Even on Saturday she dressed up for both of them. At Carolina she had her UNC stuff on and when we went to State she changed into her State stuff and red shoes in the car. She will follow where I go."

Because of his productivity at running back it's easy to see why Adams is only being recruited for that position at this time. However, his slight frame (5'11, 170 pounds) could lead to Adams eventually playing another position at the next level, possibly either slot receiver or cornerback.

"I honestly don't know where I'll play," Adams said. "I haven't played defense much since my freshman year, and since I've played running back the most I feel like I'll be going in as a running back. But, if it happens where I end up playing defense, there's nothing wrong with hitting somebody."

North Carolina and NC State are loaded at running back, but that wouldn't be a concern for Adams if he chose to attend one of the those programs.

"The past two years State has recruited the top running backs in North Carolina in Andre Brown and Toney Baker," Adams said. "They are real good backs, but I feel like I still could compete with them."

"At Carolina they had Chad Scott, and I think he's leaving," he added. "Ronnie McGill seems like he's a bigger back, but I feel like I could compete with him too. If I work just as hard as all of them I think I can play with all of them."

At this point, it's obvious that Adams is not ready to name a leader and will remain open throughout the process.

"I'm open and just taking in everything," he said. "I'm going to look at playing time, how long the coaching staff will be there, and the social life. I also want to look at the majors because I'm leaning towards mechanical engineering or something in the engineering field."

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