Adams signed his letter during a ceremony last Wednesday at TCHS attended by family, friends, administrators and coaches, including Wildcat football head coach Shannon Burcham.
“He was instrumental for us this year,” Burcham said of Adams. “He didn’t come off the field for us on defense, and he helped us find our running game and caught the ball for us on offense. He’s a hard-nosed kid, and he’s been an asset to this program.”
Burcham said Adams provided experience in the defensive secondary on a team that lost several experienced seniors the season before.
“When we identified the best receiver on the other team, Josh would get locked down on him,” Adams said. “He has tremendous man coverage skills, and he was able to play zone well for us this year. He’s an outstanding football player and teammate, and we’ll miss him.”
Adams said he expects to be used primarily on defense after discussions with Campbellsville’s coaches. He said he’s excited about continuing his football career at the next level.
“It feels good,” Adams said. “I’m just happy I can do it and make my family proud.”
Most importantly, Adams said, it’s a chance to continue his education. He plans to major in art and minor in health.
“I’m just glad I get to play football on the side,” Adams said.
Adams said the location and opportunity for one-on-one time with teachers were factors that led him to choose Campbellsville over other schools on his list, including Bethel College in McKenzie, Tenn. He’ll be close to his family in Trigg County as well as his brother Jeffery, an offensive lineman at the University of Louisville.
“I talked to [Jeffery] a lot about my decision,” Adams said. “I like to get everyone in my family involved, and he was one of the main ones helping me with football. He told me to go where it would be best for me to get my grades, that football is great, but that I need to focus on my education because it will get me farther in life.”
Adams credited his coaches at TCHS – Burcham and his football staff as well as basketball head coach Mike Wright – for preparing him to take the next step.
“They had a very good impact on me,” Adams said. “They’ve taught me how to present myself in today’s society. If I’ve ever needed help, they’ve been there for me to go to.”
Adams said he’ll miss playing football with his friends at TCHS and that the memories that stand out for him are this season’s come-from-behind win at rival Caldwell County and a playoff win over Owensboro Catholic that snapped a long losing streak against the Aces.
“I wouldn’t trade playing with them for anything in the world,” Adams said. “There’s lot of memories.”
Adams said he got a great piece of advice from Trigg football assistant coach Coby Lewis.
“He said it doesn’t matter who you play or where you play but how you play,” Adams said. “I’ll try to keep that in mind, not to let an opponent dictate the way I play.”