Adams Joins UNC's 2008 Class

The Tar Heel coaching staff visited Apex (N.C.) Middle Creek High School last year to scout talented outfielder Quincy Lattimore - a future fourth round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates and NC State signee. But they also noticed a junior outfielder on that Mustangs squad named Landon Adams.

Fast forward a year and the Carolina coaching staff came to the realization recently that with the number of players selected in the Major League Draft, they could have another roster spot open for an additional signee. Meanwhile, Adams, now a senior, was in the midst of figuring out his collegiate future when he received a call that would ultimately end his deliberations.

"Two or three weeks ago I got a call from the UNC coaching staff after a Legion game wondering if I was still undecided," Adams said. "I called them back to let them know that I was still looking around and they asked if I would be interested in looking into going to school there -- I told them I would, 'Absolutely' …

"When I went to visit this past Friday night they cleared me with admissions and I told them that I would be coming to UNC."

Adams also considered playing college baseball at Chowan, Mount Olive and Wingate before UNC got involved. He has not signed with the Tar Heels yet, but expects to later this summer after the current Tar Heel players and Tar Heel signees make their Major League Baseball decisions.

"The coaching staff at Carolina saw him and … saw he could really play," Middle Creek coach Jeremy Thompson said. "They were not quite sure if they had a spot for him or not, but Landon kept himself open knowing if he continued to do things the way he was, something big would come up for him.

"The draft came up ... and a spot opened up for him. They are excited to get him and he is excited to be going to UNC."

Adams batted .477 last season from the leadoff position for the Mustangs and led the team in base hits the past two seasons. He helped lead Middle Creek to a final ranking of No. 6 in the Impact Baseball state 4-A poll in 2007, when they won the Tri-8 conference. He was voted the team's Most Valuable Player last season, to add to his Offensive MVP from the year before, and was named to the North Carolina Baseball Coaches 4-A All State team.

He owns the Mustangs' career batting average record at .416 and both the single season and career base hits marks.

"He was the spark plug at the top of the lineup," Thompson said. "Quite honestly, even though we have had some talented players here [at Middle Creek High], he is the first true leadoff hitter that we have ever had. We know when he gets up there that we have a better than average chance of having a guy on base.

"Every single day he shows up to the field we know exactly what we are going to get out of him. He is going to hit line drives, get on base and cause havoc on the base paths. He is going to play absolutely great defense. He is consistent with what he does every day as good as any kid I have had - especially at the level that he does it at … He leads by example and has a great work ethic and that rubs off on the other players."

Adams said is looking forward to joining the Diamond Heels and playing in the Tar Heels' renovated park.

"Having [Boshamer] ready by next spring and being one of the first players to set foot there will be awesome," he said.

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