Ga. Athlete Adjusting to New Position

Although overshadowed by his Gainesville (Ga.) teammate Keith Wells, Tyler Adetona is receiving plenty of attention from colleges.

"Middle Tennessee was my first offer, Marshall was my second offer," said Adetona. "I've also been offered by Ball State, Buffalo, and Indiana. I'm hearing a lot from Georgia, North Carolina – mostly ACC and SEC schools."

Adetona, a 6-foot 185-pounder, stars at wide receiver for Gainesville where he accumulated over 1,000 all-purpose yards last season. He caught 53 passes for 788 yards and nine touchdowns, and rushed for 231 yards and two touchdowns on 13 rushes.

However, when Adetona camped at North Carolina on Saturday, he worked out with the defensive backs.

"I did pretty well, catching two interceptions during one-on-ones," said Adetona. "I want to play DB some next year [in high school]. I'm good at it and I didn't know I was good at it. With a little work and a little coaching on technique, I've seen improvement."

When Adetona attended Georgia's one-day on Tuesday, he also worked out with the defensive backs and continued his solid play.

"I'm just trying to earn more scholarships," said Adetona.

Adetona will attend a camp at Wake Forest on Sunday. He will also camp at NC State and Tennessee, and is considering Louisville's camp.

Last Saturday was Adetona's first visit to Chapel Hill.

"It was a very nice area and a very nice campus," said Adetona. "It wasn't too hot and it was quiet. It wasn't way out in the country and it wasn't dead in the middle of the city."

While working with the defensive backs, Adetona spent a lot of time with defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano.

"He was a really nice guy," said Adetona. "My biggest thing was to be coachable. If you want these coaches to notice you or get a good feel for you and your football knowledge, you've got to be coachable.

"With me, being my first time playing DB trying to play press coverage – something I've never done before – it's very important for me to listen. He's just a good coach; he knows the game from the secondary position."

Adetona credits Pagano for much of his early success at defensive back.

"He taught me about keeping my shoulders square, coming out of my back pedal, and breaking on the ball," said Adetona.

Tommy Thigpen is recruiting Adetona to play safety for UNC.

"[After the camp] he said ‘Man, you'll have a ton of offers; you can play anywhere,'" Adetona recalled. "He told me I could play for them, but they want to see film on me on defense this upcoming season. They tell me hopefully the offer will come sometime this upcoming season."

In addition to his wide receiver duties, Adetona played a little outside linebacker for Gainesville last season and collected 20 tackles and an interception.

Adetona said he doesn't have a solid list of favorite schools, but says he's looking closely at Georgia, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Louisville, Marshall, Middle Tennessee State, North Carolina, NC State, and Wake Forest.

"When it comes down to it, education is the most important thing," said Adetona. "Wherever I can go and play, and I can get a good education, is where I want to go."

Adetona added that he doesn't have a timetable for a verbal commitment.

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