MACKENZI ADAMS-Top 20 Junior

MACKENZI ADAMS Tulsa Metro Christian/Tulsa Union Quarterback 6-3, 195, 4.58 <BR><BR> After two years as Tulsa Metro Christian's starting quarterback, Adams is making the leap to the Class 6A level. The dual-threat signal caller will transfer to perennial power Tulsa Union following spring break and go through spring drills with the Redskins.

The move means Adams will no longer be coached by his father, Jeff, who watched his son pass for 5,143 yards and run for 1,215 more in the past two seasons at Metro Christian. Jeff Adams will remain as the athletic director at Metro Christian but is taking the 2004 season off as coach so he can attend Mackenzi's games for Union. With recruiting visits to Kansas, Tulsa, TCU and one to Alabama in the works, Mackenzi is keeping his options open as to which school he will sign with. However, his coach/father Jeff says the move to Union was not an attempt to further his football prospects.

"He had those same college opportunities here at Metro as he will at Union," said Jeff Adams. "Most recruiting is based on your junior year. One recruiter told me he'll probably be the highest recruited quarterback in Oklahoma. And that's before he's ever taken a snap for Union.

"The transfer was based on personal reasons and was not really a football issue." Regardless, Union is getting a player with rather lofty statistics. In his last two seasons at Metro, Mackenzi Adams completed 56.0 percent of his passes (327 of 583) and threw for 51 touchdowns. He also averaged 7.5 yards per rush on 160 carries, scoring 14 TDs. Last season, as a junior, Adams threw for 2,700 yards and rushed for 1,150. He also placed third in the 300 meter hurdles at the state track meet.

"He's not just a passer who can run well and he's not just a running quarterback who has a good arm," said Jeff Adams. "He really can do both about equally well."

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