Jordyn Adams, the son of former South Carolina defensive line coach Deke Adams, has a pair of offers to play for the Gamecocks.
Baseball coach Chad Holbrook offered last year, during the first semester of Adams’ sophomore year at nearby Blythewood High School. In April, coach Will Muschamp and wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon offered Adams a scholarship to play football for South Carolina.
“I just remember going into coach Holbrook’s office and talking to him and he was just saying that we would love to offer me to play baseball there,” Adams said, “Because he knows I can play multiple positions and I’m not just a set player at one position and he just said he loves how I get after it.
“Coach Muschamp and coach McClendon were saying how I’m really explosive with the ball and how I can make big plays on special teams. They talked how I could play a big role in the program later on, moving forward into the future with coach Muschamp building the program. They really like the way I play and get after it also.”
Deke, who’s now an assistant at East Carolina, spent the last three seasons on Steve Spurrier’s staff. With two years left in high school, Jordyn stayed behind to finish his career at Blythewood.
Proximity to South Carolina’s campus will afford him plenty of opportunities to get to know the new football staff. Jordyn can also build on the relationships he’s developed with the baseball coaches.
Which sport he’ll play at the next level is to be determined. At this point, he’s just happy to have both options on the table at South Carolina.
“It means a lot and I’m not really sure, but it just shows me that they think I can do both,” Adams said. “Coach Muschamp told me that he thinks I can do both. He’s almost positive that I can.
“If I were to go there, he and coach Holbrook would work something out for me to play both.”
East Carolina and Liberty have offered in both sports. Maryland, North Carolina and Southern Miss have offered in football. Clemson is expressing interest in both sports.
A number of factors will be considered as Adams weighs his options.
“Really, academic-wise and my major, facilities, relationship with coaches and history of the program. And maybe the future that they’re building in the program,” he said.
Adams finished his sophomore season with 18 catches for 280 yards and three touchdowns. He also averaged 23 yards on kickoff returns and 13 yards on punt returns.