CARY, N.C. --- Though he held scholarship offers from East Carolina and South Carolina (the two schools his father coached at the past few seasons) at the time, Jordyn Adams didn't emerge as one of 2018's top wide receiver recruits until his breakout performance at Fedora's Freak Show.
"The Freak Show mainly showed all the reporters really what I can do," Adams said. "And then videos [from the event] started to be sent out, and that's when interest really started coming in."
North Carolina was Adams's first post-Freak Show scholarship offer. It arrived immediately following last June's camp. Before exiting the field, the 6-foot-2, 175-pounder spoke to both Larry Fedora and wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer. An offer was extended during that conversation.
With last week's additions of Alabama and childhood favorite Ohio State, the four-star's offer count has ballooned to 18.
Outside of visiting his father during his tenures at East Carolina, UNC, South Carolina, and Southern Miss, the only schools Adams has visited are Clemson and UNC, where his father, Deke, became defensive line coach once again in January.
"We haven't really started going around too far," Adams said. "We'll start doing that over the summer and my senior year when I start to slim down to make my decision."
Considering Clemson and UNC are the only schools he has visited as a recruit, many assume that Adams's recruitment is shaping into a Tigers-Heels battle.
"I see where they're coming from, because that's really the only places that I've been to," Adams said. "But, it's really just whoever is close and who shows the most interest.."
Adams, who was in Chapel Hill this past weekend as a hybrid recruit/son, plans to return to UNC on March 4 for the Tar Heels' exclusive junior day. That event's schedule will revolve around the UNC-Duke basketball game that night.
Outside of the March 4 junior day, Adams figures to save most -- if not all -- of his recruiting trips for the summer. He says an Alabama camp is definitely on his summer docket. Additionally, while visiting family in Mississippi, he intends to stop by Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Southern Miss.
Adams's recruiting game plan is to head into his senior season with five final schools and then officially visit those schools. A commitment, though, could drastically alter those plans.
"[I'll commit] just whenever I feel like I know where I want to be," Adams said. "It could be anytime between now and the end of my senior season."
Having a father who coaches at a Power 5 program (i.e. UNC) certainly has its advantages.
"It helps me out from a coach's standpoint," Adams said. "It shows the coaches that my dad knows how the whole thing works. So, they can't really trick me.
"And then my dad can also help me pick my choice, because he knows what I fit and what I like personally. And then he also knows what other schools can offer and what they can't."
But, it might not necessarily help UNC. If Adams decides to attend school elsewhere, it won't be the first time he and his father have lived far apart. During Deke's one-year stint at East Carolina, Jordyn remained four hours away in Blythewood, S.C. Additionally, since Jordyn was born, his family has move nine times to accommodate Deke's job.
"My dad has been a college coach ever since I've been alive," Adams said. "So, him going to a new school just means us going to a new city. I'll look at North Carolina the same why I looked at them before I was recruited by them. It's really just, 'What do you have to offer that I like?'
"Yeah, North Carolina, I'll be able to see some things that some recruits won't be able to see, just because of my dad. I guess that could be an advantage to me making a choice."
Since his father's rehiring in January, Adams has visited UNC strictly as a son once. That tendency won't change until the football season.
"During the season, it could be a good bit, because my mom and my brother, we love just going up to wherever he's at -- whatever school he's at," Adams said. "We just love going up to practice and stuff like that. Whenever we can make time to go see him during the season -- because we know he doesn't get a lot of time off -- we try to do that."
Perhaps even more impactful on his recruitment than his father's employer is each schools' respective baseball programs. Adams fully intends to play both football and baseball in college.
"[Baseball] is a big part," Adams said. "It's a bigger part than everybody thinks it is, because everyone thinks that baseball is just a side thing for me. But, I look at the baseball programs, too. So things I'll look at in a football program, I'll look at in a baseball program."
As a freshman at Blythewood High, Adams batted over .530 while leading off and playing center field. A year ago, he was moved to shortstop and used as a closer. He finished the 2016 season with a .440 batting average. Adams, who transferred to Cary (N.C.) Green Hope High a month ago to be near his father, will return to center field this season, while also continuing to close.
Adams's transfer to Green Hope will also cause a position move on the gridiron. After throwing for 2,350 yards and rushing for 735 more with 35 total touchdowns as Blythewood's quarterback, he'll play wide receiver for the Falcons.
"Jordyn is an definitely an extremely talented player and we are very happy to have him here at Green Hope," Green Hope head coach David Green said. " He's made what appears to be an easy transition into a new school and has started baseball practice. Although I haven't had a chance to really work with him yet, I've been impressed with the type of young man he is. When I first heard he might be coming here, I contacted a friend who coaches in the same area of South Carolina where Jordyn played. His first words were 'What a great kid!'. He talked about Jordyn's work ethic and character as much as he did about his physical abilities. That says quite a lot about him."