We have looked at three of the six early enrollees for NC State so far, but each of them had more drawn out recruitments than Tony Adams. The offensive lineman from Charlotte did not provide much drama at all when it came to his decision, but the Pack coaches are more than fine with that.
6’1” 310 lbs
Charlotte, North Carolina
Ranked: Three star by Rivals, Three star #7 center by Scout, Three star #77 guard by 247sports
Main Competitor: NC State was Adams’ first and only (known) offer
As mentioned earlier, Adams did not let his recruitment play out very long. He was virtually unknown prior to a Rivals camp in April, where he impressed those in attendance. Dave Doeren and Co. must have gotten word because they invited him to camp in June and promptly offered at the end of the day. Within two days, Adams had committed to the Wolfpack. There was a brief thought that UNC may also offer and become a player after that weekend as well, but it never came to fruition. Whether or not his commitment to State warned the Tar Heel coaches off or not is up for debate. Adams never seemed to waver on his commitment and will join his high school teammate Jack Tocho in Raleigh.
What to Expect:
While Adams is a solid addition to an offensive line with many needs, he is not expected to make an immediate impact. While the competition is certainly open, it is always hard for a freshman center to see the field. While I do not pretend to know Adams' ability to diagnose defenses, that skill usually comes with experience.
The son of a longtime wrestling coach at Boston University, Adams does a great job of using his body to gain the advantage in one-on-one blocking. As a very good tennis player (picturing he and Kennedy Meeks playing each other in tennis is worth a laugh or two), Adams has superb footwork. However, with Quinton Schooley returning as a junior, there is no rush to play Adams. He should have the luxury of redshirting and learning the complexities of his position. In a realistic best-case scenario for Adams, he would start as a redshirt sophomore. With John Tu'uta and Bryce Kennedy also in the rotation and with a bit more experience, it could be a battle to start early, but I would be surprised if he isn't starting by at least his junior season.