CARY, N.C. -- Although he might be a nationally touted wide receiver on the football field, Jordyn Adams showed himself to be an elite player on the baseball diamond Sunday during the Prospect Development Pipeline event at USA Baseball's National Training Complex."I've been to a couple events, but nothing like
CARY, N.C. -- Although he might be a nationally touted wide receiver on the football field, Jordyn Adams showed himself to be an elite player on the baseball diamond Sunday during the Prospect Development Pipeline event at USA Baseball's National Training Complex.
"I've been to a couple events, but nothing like today," Adams said. "It was less people and more one on one time with scouts, I also didn't realize we had so much local talent."
Major League scouts from around the country took notice of Adams early in the day's activities. He's well spoken and humble in addition to being a solid power-hitting center fielder.
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"He reminded me of several guys who've gone in the top five rounds of the Draft. It's athlete, but the flash of the tools make you want to believe that this guy can make a big impact," said one scout. "He's not flashy, you see the humility in the way he goes about things, the work ethic and honesty trying to make adjustments based on what coaches suggested."
A rising senior at Green Hope High School in Cary, Adams was a wide receiver turned quarterback that turned back to receiver. In the process, he has received 18 offers to play at the collegiate level, 16 of which were dual offers in both baseball and football. He says he has narrowed that list down to the University of North Carolina and defending national football champion Clemson, a decision he plans to make July 3. With the deadline fast approaching, Jordyn says he remains 50-50.
"Those two programs give me the opportunity to play both sports and be successful," Adams said. Jordyn's father, Deke Adams, was hired as UNC's defensive line coach this year, but the prized recruit said that does not sway his decision and was adamant that his parents remain neutral and "just want him to be happy."
Adams may be best known for his talents on the gridiron, which he didn't pick up until seventh grade, but his earliest memories were playing baseball, soccer and basketball in the backyard with older brother, Jaylon.
"He was the main reason I jumped into sports early." he said of his brother, "When I was five, I played on his Travel U baseball team. I remember playing catch in the backyard, telling him to throw harder … that's the competitive side in me."
Jaylon has since moved on to Winthrop University to study Sports Management, while Jordyn continues to chase his dreams.
During his senior year, his goals are to improve his statistics in baseball and set school and state records in football. He models his game after the likes of power hitter Jose Pujols and QB turned WR Braxton Miller of the Houston Texans.
The ultimate goal?
"Be the best athlete I can be, and whatever else God blesses me with."
Shannon Ford is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.