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August 24, 2007

Lights, Camera, Adams

Little Rock (Ark.) Central Arkansas Christian four-star wide receiver Joe Adams unofficially visited USC, Georgia, Arkansas and Florida this summer.

With more than 20 scholarships to his name, Adams and his family quickly grew tired of the recruiting process.

After taking his a second visit to Georgia last month, Adams was ready to put an end to the drama and announce where he would spend the next four years of his life.

On KLRT's Evening News with friends and family close by, Adams announced he would sign a letter of intent with USC in February.

"I'm going to go with USC," Adams told KLRT. "It was really about playing time and liking the school. With USC, there was just something about USC."

With seven hats representing his choices, Adams selected USC over Arkansas, LSU and Florida. The live television announcement came after weeks of not taking interviews from reporters.

"I met a couple of players out there that I really liked," said Adams, who was named MVP of the Fort Worth NIKE Camp. "Damian and Broderick are good friends who I talk to a lot, and I really love Pete Carroll."

In June, Adams participated in the Trojans Rising Star Camp. After returning home, Adams was convinced that USC was a perfect fit for college.

"I'm happy with his decision and I'm happy it's over with," said his mother Charlotte. "I enjoyed Los Angeles when I was out there for the camp."

The Rivals250 selection becomes commitment No. 14 for the Trojans, adding to the standing success USC has had recruiting the Natural State.

Adams will join fellow Arkansas natives Broderick Green, Damian Williams and Mitch Mustain on the USC roster next fall.

"They talk (about USC) everytime they call me," said Adams. "They call me at least twice a day telling me about USC. They say, 'they're hating on us, so we need to show them how Arkansas does it'.

"Me and Broderick... I've known him for a long time."

As a junior, Adams had 857-yards rushing and 14 touchdowns playing quarterback. He also had 633-yards receiving and nine touchdowns through the air. A 2006 All-Conference, All-State and Democrat-Gazette All-Junior Team selection, Adams ran a 4.48 SPARQ timed 40-yard dash at the Trojans Rising Star Camp.

Recruited by USC coach Brennan Carroll as an athlete, Adams participated as a cornerback and a wide out at the camp. Currently ranked the No. 27 best receiver in the country by Rivals.com, his 6-foot frame may be more valuable in the defensive backfield.

"He's obviously fast and shifty, but his height and long arms are unique to the corner position," said USCFootball.com Senior Analyst Gerard Martinez. "Don't get me wrong, he's got hands, so it's not that he can't play receiver. It's just USC can recruit receivers with his attributes easier than than can corners.

"Adams is smooth and has quick hips too. Plus, the way freshman Ronald Johnson has been playing at receiver, USC won't have an underclassman corner on the roster next year."

USCFootball.com will have more on Joe Adams' commitment later.


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