North Carolina recruiting: 4-star WR Jordyn Adams gives Tar Heels reason for excitement with all-star game performance
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Jordyn Adams, a 4-star receiver from Cary, N.C., who’s slated to arrive in Chapel Hill for classes this week, has the potential to be one of the best recruits ever in the Larry Fedora era at North Carolina.
Adams, a borderline 5-star prospect by some outlets, ranks as the No. 16 receiver and No. 76 overall player in the Class of 2018, per 247Sports composite rankings. His speed and 6-foot-2 frame had him recruited by top programs around the country including Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State.
Ultimately his state ties helped Fedora land him, although it probably didn’t hurt that his dad, Deke Adams, was hired as North Carolina’s defensive line coach before the start of the season.
Tar Heels fans got a chance to catch a glimpse of their future playmaker last weekend in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The game, played in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, on Saturday, featured some of the best recruits from across the country.
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Adams left North Carolina fans with a lot to be excited about with his performance, too. Playing for the East team, Adams caught 6 passes for 56 yards, leading his team in receiving yards and leading all receivers in receptions.
Much of Adams day came in tandem with 5-star quarterback Trevor Lawrence, a Clemson signee and the No. 1 overall player in the class by 247Sports composite rankings.
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Adams was the only North Carolina commit to play in the game. Former North Carolina outside linebacker commit Payton Wilson was scheduled to play in the game before tearing his ACL. Wilson since de-committed and signed with N.C. State.
It’s possible that North Carolina could end up being better represented in the game retroactively by the time National Signing Day rolls around on Feb. 7, however.
Dax Hollifield, a 4-star inside linebacker out of Shelby, N.C., recorded 2 tackles in the game including a tackle for loss. He also had a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry. Hollifield is one of North Carolina’s top remaining targets in the class, although it’s looking less and less likely that the Tar Heels will ultimately be his destination. Hollifield took an official visit to North Carolina on Oct. 14 but has since been to Virginia Tech once and Stanford twice and those two schools are considered the favorites.
North Carolina also had an eye on 4-star tackle Williams Barnes. Barnes is a Florida prospect with whom North Carolina was given a second life with in the aftermath of the Jim McElwain ouster as Gators coach last season. Barnes did manage to record a tackle in the game after chasing down 4-star safety Caden Sterns, a Texas signee, after he intercepted a pass from 4-star Notre Dame signee Phil Jurkovec.
Last week in The Dean’s List, we wrote about Barnes’ positive comments about the Tar Heels, and it’s looking like a real possibility that he could end up in Chapel Hill if Fedora can stave off the new Florida staff.
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