Sure, part of that is because Adams is placed where he’s needed, whether it’s in the inside or on the outside of the defensive line.
But it’s also because the 6-foot-3, 280-plus pound Adams is a monster to stop. He’s a talent Campbell hasn’t coached against before at Lincolnton, and the player is a major part of Dooly County’s success. Adams and the Bobcats visit Lincoln County for a 7:30 game tonight in a Class A public state semifinal.
“By far, he’s the biggest big-name player, and we’ve had quite a few before, but nobody who’s getting the hype he’s getting,” Campbell said. “He is the most publicized recruit who’s ever played [here].”
Adams is a five-star senior prospect who’s uncommitted but has received offers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Southern California, among many others. ESPN has him ranked as the country’s No. 7 recruit for the 2013 class.
But Campbell isn’t worried about only Adams; he’s actually more concerned about Dooly County’s supporting cast. Quarterback A.J. Smith threw for almost 300 yards in a quarterfinal win against Seminole County. Running back Chanin Hamilton has pushed past 1,000 rushing yards. Receiver Cortney Clark has reached the 10-touchdown mark. The list goes on.
“The scary part is, what worries me more is the supporting cast,” Campbell said. “They’ve got a good football team. You don’t get to this point if you’re not.”
Dooly County has met Lincoln County twice before, with both games in the playoffs. In 1983, the Bobcats won 20-8 on the road in a semifinal. In 1998, the Red Devils were the road victor, grabbing a 34-8 quarterfinal win.
Like the 1983 game, tonight’s game is for a spot in the state championship final, something Dooly County hasn’t won just yet. On the other side, Campbell has won 11 state titles.
“We have to be emotionally ready to play,” Dooly County coach Jimmy Hughes said. “It’s an outstanding team and an outstanding program Campbell has over there. We know we’ll have our hands full.”