UNC Already Like Family for Adams

Following his announced commitment to North Carolina on national television on Signing Day earlier this year, Josh Adams' popularity among college coaches has only increased.

According to his parents, Adams, who lives on campus at Cheshire (Conn.) High School, has several boxes of unopened mail waiting for him when he returns home following the semester. Additionally, the Evaluation Period has opened the floodgates for coaches nationwide to visit Cheshire.

"Schools come here to check out my highlights almost every day," Adams said. "They just give me their card and just say if there's a problem with North Carolina call them so they can know I'm on the market again."

But while coaches across the country are now realizing what the Tar Heel staff figured out many months ago – that Adams is one of the nation's top wide receivers – the 6-foot-4, 200-pound prospect insists that his UNC pledge is firm and he can't foresee a circumstance that would force that to change.

Adams' conversations with UNC have moved from his recruiter, John Blake, to his future position coach, Charlie Williams. The two speak weekly, according to Adams.

"He's basically telling me to stay on school, stay in the weight room, keep running routes and keep catching balls, and just do what I need to do to be ready to come in December," Adams said.

Adams attended UNC's Junior Day in February – his first visit as a Tar Heel committment.

"It was great," Adams said. "We went to the basketball game and I was walking down the street to go to the bus and there were people that already knew me. They were saying ‘Hi Josh.' I was like ‘Whoa, how do you know me?'… There were alumni saying congrats for committing and they were so happy I was coming to the school."

Adams plans to return to Chapel Hill in June for several days, where he will attend UNC's camp.

"I'll probably spend more time in Chapel Hill than I will actually working out at the camp," Adams said. "I'll probably be at the camp for a day or two."

Adams expects plenty of fellow UNC pledges and major recruiting targets to be on campus during his stay. He said he plans to use the opportunity to trade contact information.

When Adams arrives on campus, he'll be greeted by a very familiar face -- Paul Gonnella, his former high school coach, who was recently hired by UNC to be the football program's Director of Player Personnel and Assistant Recruiting Coordinator.

"I called [Gonnella] to check on him, because I wanted to know how his job search was going," Adams said. "And he asked me ‘Guess where I'm at' and then he told me North Carolina. I was shocked like ‘Are you serious?'"

Gonnella adds yet another reassuring figure for Adams when he enrolls in January.

"The coaches to me are family already and I've only met them a couple of times," Adams said.

Adams, who transferred from Cambridge (Mass.) Rindge & Latin in January, and his new Cheshire teammates gave a sneak peak of what to expect this fall by winning an 18-team seven-on-seven passing tournament, which included several of the top teams in the New England area.

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