Every year the state of Arkansas turns out an athlete that is all-world. He is normally a player who can play a number of positions and is so dynamic that he wins games for his team in a number of different ways. He plays on both sides of the ball and on special teams.
That player this year is Joseph Adams or, Joe, for short. Last year, Adams played quarterback, running back, wide receiver, cornerback and safety. He also returned punts and kicks en route to putting up 2,000 yards of total offense. Adams rushed for 882 yards and 14 touchdowns, caught enough passes for 632 yards and nine touchdowns and then finished things off with 590 yards in the return game with one touchdown.
"My rushing yards came when I was at running back and some at quarterback," said Adams. "I also had a good year on defense. I had 64 tackles and 40-something of those were solo. I also had five interceptions. I like playing on the offensive side of the ball more and feel that I will be an offensive player in college, but right now I like playing on both sides of the ball where I can have a big impact on the game."
When a guy can impact a game from so many different skill positions in high school, you have to give him a chance to control the game on offense.
"I think my speed, quickness and ability to read the defense is what gives me the edge over most players," said Adams . "I have played quarterback, so when I play safety I know how to read to the quarterbacks. I have good hand-eye coordination and just like playing the game. It is a great feeling that people think that I play pretty well, but I know that I still have to work real hard."
Adams has been offered by Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Arkansas, Minnesota and Georgia.
"I like Oklahoma, LSU and Georgia right now," said Adams. "I went up to Oklahoma for spring break and I really liked the campus. I like how everything is right there and it is not spread out everywhere. Oklahoma likes me at receiver and that is fine with me. I know Oklahoma has sent several receivers to the pros recently and they like to throw the football. Georgia and LSU are also recruiting me as a receiver. They all like me as a punt returner and kick returner too. I averaged 21.8 yards per punt return and 30 yards per kick return."
Adams expects to play wide receiver most of the year, but feels he will play a little at quarterback. On defense, he will line up at safety and still be used in the return game.