Signing Day just wrapped up and that means the focus for many colleges is 2009. Junior prospects are already picking up offers including one defensive tackle in North Carolina who landed his first this week.
"I picked up a full ride from North Carolina," Chapel Hill, N.C. defensive tackle Jared McAdoo said. "I got on a visit. I enjoy the school and the environment. It's a real family-oriented community there.
"My coach did say that I should be getting more offers soon. I don't really know from who, but I hear a lot from Maryland, North Carolina State and Clemson."
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Obviously McAdoo is at home with North Carolina. Is that an early favorite?
"I wouldn't say I have really a favorite. They are all pretty much up there. If it were anyone it'd be between North Carolina, North Carolina State and Clemson.
"I like the programs they have, the coaching staffs and their past success."
Without an obvious favorite at this point, what does the 6-foot-4, 275-pounder want in a college?
"I want a college with a good majors and programs," he said. "I'll be looking for a good environment and a place I feel at home and enjoy myself. I think location matter, but it's not too important. I do think I'd like to study something in sports and entertainment marketing."
It should be a busy spring for McAdoo with a number of camps and visits planned.
"I'm going to North Carolina on February 16th, NC State on March 1st and Louisville on April 5th for junior days," he said. "I have a Nike Combine on March 22nd, a Shrine Bowl combine on April 26th and the Adidas Elite at NC State on May 17th."
This season, McAdoo helped his team to the third round of the playoffs.
"I had a pretty good year," he said. "I finished with 59 tackles, 20 for loss, one touchdown and about 12 or 13 sacks.
"It was a big difference from my sophomore year. My intensity in the games was better along with my strength, speed and technique. I think I stick out because I have a motor that doesn't stop. I never take plays off."