With all the noise of 2008 recruits on Wednesday, a major 2009 commitment fell under the radar in massive 6-foot-4, 200-pound receiver Joshua Adams. The Cheshire (Conn.) Cheshire Academy prospect picked the ACC over offers from across the country.
"I committed to North Carolina on Wednesday," Adams said. "I talked to the coaches on my way back to school. They were very excited and happy. I might be going down to the junior day next Friday. I've heard a lot of alumni want to meet me and they can't wait for me to be the spokesman of the 2009 class."
What made the star receiver select the Tar Heels over numerous other scholarships?
"I thought it was a great fit for me," he said. "I like the program and the feel of the school and coaching staff. I feel like that school is up and coming and I can do well there.
"John Blake had a lot to do with my decision. I have a good relationship with him now after I met him over the summer on my visit. I've kept in touch with him. In the end, my decision was narrowed down to a few different schools. One of the nights I just knew it was UNC and I didn't want to play games anymore."
The visit to North Carolina over the summer was big in Adams decision.
"When I visited and toured the campus it was something I had never seen before," he said. "I had been to Florida, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Boston College a lot of times. When I was at North Carolina, I loved it. Everyone said hi to you and it's a nice atmosphere."
Of course football is important too.
"I like that they have a young team and nobody really knows about them," he said. "They aren't ranked now, but they are good and I want to help get them into the top 25."
The junior prospect could very well see the field as early as the fall of 2009.
"The coaches are talking to me about fitting me into the offense with Dwight Jones and another receiver," he said. "They want me to start relatively early and said they'd like me to get 50 or 60 balls my freshman year. There is a good chance to play."
Adams will improve his chances of playing by enrolling in the spring of 2009.
"I'm going to attend the U.S. Army All-American game which runs from December 30th to January 6th. After I leave San Antonio, I'll go to Carolina and enroll. It's all set."
This season Adams posted 64 receptions for 1,100-yards and nine touchdowns. He added 600-yards rushing and five touchdowns on the ground. He also threw for 50-yards and posted 300-yards on punt returns.
He claimed offers from Rutgers, Stanford, Boston College, Connecticut, Iowa, Maryland and Nebraska.