"I was kind of mad about that," Joshua Adams said. "I started out on defense and didn't really play receiver. I was just another body out there. But my coach and father were talking, and my future is at receiver."
There is no doubt about that.
The 6-foot-4, 202-pound Cambridge, Mass., product vented any frustrations he had about not playing defense, by hauling in 64 receptions for over 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns. Named to Scout.com's initial top-100 for the class of 2009, the four-star Adams already holds scholarship offers from Boston College, Stanford, North Carolina, Rutgers, Iowa and Connecticut.
Many of the top programs across the country have been showing interest, including Notre Dame.
"I got a visit from their quarterback's coach (Ron Powlus)," Adams said. "He came to see my coach, and my coached called me up there and he was there. They did tell me they were interested, and I've been getting a few pieces of mail."
Adams said he doesn't know much about Notre Dame, but that early in the recruiting process, he is open to everybody.
"I know that in past years, they've been really good," Adams said. "And they're starting from basically the bottom with their play this year. They started a lot of freshmen and sophomores on the team."
Adams helped his team to a 7-4 record this past fall. He wasn't sure of his bench press, but can squat 415 pounds. His GPA is 3.4, and the last time he ran a timed 40-yard dash was his freshman year, clocking a 4.53.
As a sophomore, Adams caught 35 passes for 725 yards and six touchdowns. He also had a rushing touchdown and threw a 60-yard touchdown pass. On defense he registered 75 tackles and five interceptions, and was named Player of the Year by both his league and Old Spice. He was also a first team All-State selection.
Starting seven games as a freshman, Adams picked off nine passes, and also caught 18 passes for 350 yards and two touchdowns.
Before he realized his college future was at receiver, Adams definitely knew it was football, and decided to hang up his basketball sneakers for good to concentrate on the gridiron.
During this past season, Adams was only able to take one unofficial visit, to Boston College, for a game. He has yet to be on any other campuses.
"It's a great place," Adams said. "Other than the game, I've been there a few times. I've been to a few practices. It's a good atmosphere."
Adams said that the Stanford and North Carolina coaches are in contact with him the most through phone calls and emails. Boston College is a close third. He has plans to camp at Florida and Boston College already set in stone. All other potential visits are up in the air, and Adams would like to make a college decision shortly after his senior season.
"I'm looking for a good academic school, a good football school, and a good social life," Adams explained. "I want to go to a school with a good reputation that is not known for thugs. I want to be able to graduate with a degree, and for people to be amazed I graduated from a school like Stanford. If I graduated from Stanford, they'd be like wow. But if I graduated from a school on the low end of things, they'd be like okay you graduated from here and anyone really could. Stanford, not many people can go there."
Adams realizes the same is true about Notre Dame.