Heel Tough Blog: Tar Heels Flip ECU Defensive Back Commit


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Saturday was a rough day to say the least for the Tar Heels on the field, especially defensively. However, amongst the recruits in attendance was one of the team’s two remaining targets in the 2023 class, 2023 3✮ CB Ty Adams, who was visiting for the second straight home game. Sunday night, the Tar Heels got the news that they had officially flipped his commitment from East Carolina.


Adams, the No. 137 corner in the 2023 class, was offered by the Tar Heels back in mid-August and wasted no time getting on campus once he was able to. He took an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill in Week 0 for the season opener against Florida A&M and seemed to be really impressed by what he saw while he was there. Those thoughts were confirmed when he set his official visit for this weekend and that set them up perfectly to complete the flip.


Adams announced his decommitment from East Carolina and his commitment to Mack Brown, Dré Bly and the Tar Heels shortly before 8:30 on Sunday night. He also announced that with the move, he is officially shutting down his recruitment and focusing on the conclusion of his senior season of high school.


Adams, the No. 144 recruit in the state of Georgia in the 2023 class according to 247Sports, is in the midst of his senior season at Swainsboro High School in Swainsboro, GA where he is once again splitting his time between quarterback and corner, something he has done since midway through his sophomore season. So far this year, Adams has 16 total tackles, one interception, three pass deflections and one forced fumble defensively while he has totaled 609 yards and twelve total touchdowns offensively. That follows a junior season where he was named a AA All-State selection by the Atlanta Journal Constitution after totaling 2,229 yards of offense and 27 touchdowns along with 39 total tackles, two interceptions and one deflection. Prior to that, he saw limited action as an underclassmen, with a majority of the snaps taken on the offensive side of the football.


Adams is pretty raw on the defensive side of the football, but he has plenty of potential. He provides some nice versatility, as he’s played more safety and slot this season after playing a lot of outside corner a year ago. He fits the zone-heavy scheme of Gene Chizik and Charlton Warren well thanks to the track speed that he shows off often on the offensive side of the football. He breaks on the ball very well, something that the current members of this Tar Heel defense simply do not do well. He is far from a complete product that is ready to play early in the secondary, but with his athletic tools, it is hard to imagine he won’t be able to contribute early as a member of the special teams unit.


With the flip, the Tar Heels now have 19 commitments in the class, five of which are from the state of Georgia. The class currently sits 21st in the 247Sports Composite team rankings and fifth in the ACC rankings. The focus now shifts to the other East Carolina commit that the team is attempting to flip, 3✮ S Ayden Duncanson.

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