After a brutal early season schedule, Tennessee's Antioch High School found itself in a 0-4 hole heading into the meat of district play. But the Bears didn't let the slow start get them down and six consecutive wins later they have found themselves hosting a first round playoff game. One of the reasons for the Antioch turnaround has been the play of defensive end/tight end Michael McAdoo.
"We started off a little slow then after our fourth game we picked it up and went on a 6 game run," McAdoo said. "We host the first round of the playoffs [Friday] against Dickson Co."
McAdoo is a 6-foot-7 athlete that is an imposing pass rusher on defense and an athletic tight end on offense. His play has been crucial in the Bears' revival.
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"I've been doing good," he said. "I've been contributing on both sides of the ball. I play most of the game. I'd say 98% of the game I'm in there. It was tough early in the season but as I get deeper in the season I get used to it."
McAdoo is a unique prospect on either side of the ball with loads of upside, but he knows which side of the ball he wants to play on.
"I like defensive end," he said. "Because I like going out and hitting somebody. I like to rush and get after the quarterback."
He says that the schools that are recruiting him are looking at him as a defensive end as well. Those schools consists of several major programs around the southeast and McAdoo is starting to get his official visit schedule lined up.
"I set up an official visit with Vanderbilt," he said. "I set up one with North Carolina and I set up one with South Carolina. I'm not sure of the dates on them. I'm also still talking to Kentucky, Memphis, Tennessee and Cincinnati."
McAdoo is in no rush to make his decision but instead is focusing on his home playoff game.
"We just have to come out and take it one game at a time and work harder than our opponent," he said.