Adams Preparing for UNC Arrival

Eleven months after verbally committing to North Carolina, Josh Adams will make the move to campus this weekend and begin to attend classes the following week.

"I'm just ready to start – like interacting with my teammates, getting some classes out of the way, just start lifting and running, and getting into the flow of things," Adams said.

Adams, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound wide receiver from Cheshire (Conn.) Academy, was the first non-postgraduate recruit to verbally commit to UNC's 2009 class when he made his announcement on national television last Signing Day. He will be one of possibly two incoming freshmen enrolling at UNC for the spring semester.

The early enrollment will improve Adams' chances of achieving his goal of playing as a freshman.

Adams concluded his high school career by playing in last Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

"It was a great experience," Adams said. "I just wish I had a better opportunity to showcase my skills."

During the actual game, Adams saw one pass tossed his direction – and it was overthrown.

"I think there were a lot of politics involved," Adams said. "I think the thought was [Bryce Brown] is No. 1 in the nation, so he needed to get the ball. During practice, it wasn't like that – there was complete distribution of the ball and I was getting my catches and scoring."

Before participating in the All-American Bowl, Adams spoke to Charlie Williams, UNC's wide receivers coach.

"He was wishing me good luck," Adams said. "He said he couldn't wait for me to get here."

Right before the Dead Period, Adams had his in-home visit with Butch Davis.

"He told me to be ready to come in and be a part of the team, get ready to play, get ready to work, and fill in for the people that are leaving," Adams said.

With Hakeem Nicks' decision to leave early for the NFL, UNC will lose at least four wide receivers, including all three starters.

"I feel like I can help out," Adams said. "I feel like I'm ready, skill-wise. All I need to do is get down the lifting part and get the experience of playing against ACC competition. Playing in the All-American game gave me a little taste. I feel like I can do what needs to be done on the field."

For UNC, Adams said he figures to be an asset in the red zone, as well as a vertical threat.

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