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Seth Adams has elected to continue his college career at the University of Charleston in West Virginia. From left, first row, Seth’s sister, Tyler Boelte, Kris Boelte (his mom), and sister, Drew, Adams, and his dad, Wayne Adams. Second row, HCHS football coach Mike Roark, assistant Garrick Vogt, HCHS athletic director Allen Lawter and school principal Albert Randolph. / February 18, 2013
Seth Adams, a stalwart performer for the HCHS football team on the field and in the classroom, is headed to play college football at the Division II level in West Virginia.

Adams will play at the University of Charleston, an NCAA Division II school. The school is located in the state capital, in Charleston, W.Va. Charleston is a member of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

According to the school website, third year head coach Pat Kirkland and his staff announced his second recruiting class, and Adams is a member of the class. According to the site, Kirkland expects the current class “to add a great deal of quality depth to the already dangerous UC lineup.” Adams expects to red-shirt next fall.

Adams was a three-year starter for Comet football and during his junior and senior campaigns, he did not allow a sack. He also had more than 100 knockdown blocks between the two seasons. Seth Adams is being brought in to help replenish the offensive line at UC, which had four all-conference offensive linemen from the 2012 squad.

UC finished 9-2 overall last season.

Adams, now 6-foot, 275 pounds, expects to play either center or guard for the UC team. Adams also feels good about the academic fit, after posting a GPA of around 3.4

Adams also liked the UC campus.

“I liked the campus. I liked how they were academically, the way they treat the classes there,” said Adams, who noted UC has a very good student-teacher ratio of around 13:1. Adams intends to study business management.

Adams hopes to put on weight and hopes to make his mark at UC. He intends to get stronger physically and seems optimistic, despite an adjustment to a higher level of football.

He knows there’s some serious work ahead in weight training.

“It’s going to be pretty hard. I plan on being in the weight room about 50 percent of the time,” said Adams. He also knows there’s an adjustment to D-2 on the gridiron.

“It’s going to be a big step, going to be tough to adjust to. I really have to work hard at ... endurance,” said Adams.

Adams also expects to eventually make o-line calls, helping to organize the offense as plays unfold.

Adams made a positive impression on the UC coaching staff.

The head coach thinks Adams “plays nasty. I might not be the biggest, but he thinks I’m a hard worker.”

Adams wants to improve on footwork. “Staying low is going to be one of my bigger things, being smaller than most people. I have to get leverage,” said Adams.

HCHS varsity football coach Mike Roark said this is a good fit for Adams.

“D-2 is a perfect fit for him,” said Roark, noting UC is part of an excellent conference. UC is part of a competitive D-2 football picture across West Virginia, adding Charleston “is a great school to go to.”

Comet football assistant Garrick Vogt said, “I’ve had the opportunity to coach Seth for four years now, watched him develop from a freshman who wasn’t real sure of what he was doing into what hopefully is a successful college player.”

Vogt said he has personally challenged Adams several times on and off the field. “He’s always stepped up to the plate, the things we’ve asked him to do. ... He’s done everything we’ve asked him for four years ... we’re glad to see him hopefully go find some success.”

Adams’ uncle played college football at Duke, and now the Comet athlete has a full ride as part of the latest UC recruiting class.

Adams took home first team all-district honors for the HCHS varsity football team, while also winning the coach’s award.

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