Signee Update: Jared McAdoo

North Carolina signee Jared McAdoo will compete in Saturday's NCHSAA 4A State Championship Track and Field Meet in the shot put. Ironically, up until four months ago, the 6-foot-2, 290-pounder had never picked up a shot.

"Not at first [did I expect this success]," McAdoo said. "But then, as I kept practicing [and] working at it, my game grew. I think after the first three weeks I started throwing longer."

Originally, McAdoo, a defensive tackle from Chapel Hill (N.C.), planned to use the months following his senior football season preparing for his UNC career. But shortly after Signing Day, he had a change of heart.

"I wanted to be coached by my defensive line coach, Coach [John] Evans," McAdoo said. "… I wanted to be coached by him one last time.

"And plus, [the shot put is] also helping me for football. [It helps me with] flexibility, core strength, and conditioning."

During the regional track meet Saturday, McAdoo placed first in the shot put with his best put of the season – 50'5". The put qualified him for the state championship meet.

"I just have to remain focused," McAdoo said. "I just have to work hard in practice this week and get ready for it. There's going to be a lot of competition."

McAdoo also participated in the discus throw, but didn't find as much success. His best throw was 118 feet.

The track season hasn't hindered McAdoo's preparation for his UNC career. He has been able to follow the workout regimen assigned to him by Jeff Connors, UNC's strength and conditioning coach.

"We do a lot of the same stuff and then all I have to do is add in what we're not doing," McAdoo said.

McAdoo says his weight has remained the same – roughly 290 pounds – but that he has gotten leaner.

Since signing in February, McAdoo speaks to someone from UNC three or four times a month. While most of is communication is with John Blake, his future defensive line coach, McAdoo also speaks to John Shoop, who recruits the Chapel Hill area for UNC.

McAdoo doesn't expect to red-shirt his freshman season.

"They plan on trying to get me in there as early as they can this year – help me get experience under my belt, and go ahead and help them on the D-line," McAdoo said.

McAdoo hasn't discussed jersey numbers with the UNC coaches. He would like to wear No. 5, with No. 90 as a backup option.

"The No. 5 is for the five things I play for – myself, my family, my state, and then my two fallen teammates," McAdoo said.

During his season year, two of McAdoo's teammates, Rodney Torain and Atlas Fraley, passed away.

McAdoo's high school graduation is June 13 and he is required to report tp UNC on June 16. Somewhere between those two dates, he will make the five-mile drive to campus and move into his dorm. He will room with fellow defensive lineman Donte Moss.

McAdoo is already academically qualified.

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