Adams is UNC's First 09 Commitment

The Tar Heels have picked up their first commitment for the 2009 recruiting class. Joshua Adams, a 6-4, 200-pound wide receiver at Cheshire (Conn.) Academy, announced his commitment to UNC on Wednesday afternoon. He spoke with Inside Carolina about his decision ...

Why did you decide on UNC?
"The coaching staff, the location, and also just the way I felt about the school. I felt, from the bottom of my heart, that it is the school that I was meant to go to."

What other schools offered you scholarships?
"I have six – North Carolina, of course, Stanford, BC, Maryland, Rutgers, and UConn."

What role did John Blake, your primary recruiter, play in your decision?
"He played a very big role. I talked to him a lot over these last few months. I felt a connection between the two of us."

Why commit now?
"Number one, because no one expected it, at all. Everybody was like ‘Ok, you're just going on a show and say that you like this school and you have these offers, but this was the time?'

"And also, I felt like I wanted to do it early. I wanted to get it out of the way so I didn't have to worry about it later."

What role did UNC's camp play?
"It was the first time I was on campus. I was there for four or five days. The experience was similar to going to school there – we ate in the same place where the players ate, we slept where all the students slept. We got tours, met all the coaches, met a few players – we talked to them, about how they liked the school and how the classes were. I got a good feeling then."

Did you make any other visits to any other schools?
"I did an unofficial to UConn. I went to BC, a lot. I went to Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Florida, and Maryland."

When were you offered by UNC?
"They offered me during the summer before the camp."

Being so soon, how firm is your commitment?
"[It's] 100-percent. No [I won't visit any other school]."

What's your plan for enrollment?
"I will enroll next January [2009]. I'm on track to graduate early."

How does UNC plan to utilize your skills?
"They said they were planning on giving me the ball a lot [at wide receiver.]"

What were your junior season statistics?
"I had 64 catches, 1,000 and some change yards. I had nine receiving and five rushing touchdowns. And I also returned punts, I punted, I played a little bit of quarterback. I don't know all the numbers, but I rushed for probably 500 yards."

Why did you decide to transfer to Cheshire Academy?
"It wasn't just because of the coach [leaving]. It was also academic. I felt that Cheshire would be a better place to go academically. And I'd be able to seek more opportunities than if I would have stayed at my other school."

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Adams is regarded as one of the top receivers in the junior class. He was named the Offensive MVP of the US Army All-American Combine in San Antonio and is expected to play in the All-American Game next January. He transferred from Cambridge (Mass.) Rindge & Latin to Cheshire following his junior season and sports an impressive 3.5 GPA.

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