One of the top players in western North Carolina is athlete Jamar Adams of Charlotte (N.C.) Butler. He can play a number of positions, and he has five offers on the table.
Adams is a 6-foot-2, 198-pound safety and wide receiver and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds.
"I've worked with a speed trainer to lower to my 40 time and improve my speed. I have offers from Michigan, Virginia, Wake Forest, North Carolina and Vanderbilt," he said. "UNC is recruiting me the hardest. I get handwritten letters from two of their coaches every day. My coach is telling me that UNC is staying after me really hard. He's doing a great job of promoting me to colleges so I'm grateful for that."
Adams expects more offers soon and has six favorites right now.
"A lot of coaches consider me a late bloomer," he said. "My favorites are Michigan, Georgia, Miami, Florida State, North Carolina and Virginia. I have really made a connection with the Michigan defensive backs coach and that's helped them out a lot. But they're all so even I can't say one is ahead of another at this point. I'm sitting back and collecting as much information as I can."
Adams believes he'll start his college career at cornerback and eventually move to safety, which is what coaches have been telling him. He likes to play in the secondary and feels he belongs on defense.
"I'll excel most in a man-coverage defense at corner or more of a zone as a safety. I've had a lot of interceptions at camps I've been to when they let me roam. I've camped at Michigan, UNC, Wake, Virginia and Vanderbilt. I have great instincts. A lot of times people go with the quarterback's eyes, but I go with my gut instinct and it works out just about every time.
"My greatest strength is that I'm a competitor. I do whatever it takes for my team to win. They put me at quarterback at one point this year, and they put me at defensive end. I got worn out," he laughed. "But I did what it took to win."
Adams bench presses 300 pounds and has a 38-inch vertical leap. He carries a 3.3 Grade Point Average and has scored a 940 on his SAT.
"I'm going to pray a lot about this decision," said Adams. "God will lead me to to where I need to be. He'll let me know which coaches I need to lead me for four years. I'm going to weigh the pros and cons of all the schools I've mentioned for a while."