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Seth Adams to play football at University of Charleston

Standout Halifax County High School lineman Seth Adams has committed to play football next season for the University of Charleston (W. Va.) Golden Eagles.

Adams, a tackle on the Comets offensive line, had a solid 2012 season opening up holes for 1,000-yard rusher Alonzo Bennett and other Halifax ball carriers, earning First Team honors on the All-Western Valley District football team and the Coaches Award for the Comets.

He hopes to continue that success at Charleston University and third-year head coach Pat Kirkland, which was 9-2 last season and 6-2 in the recently dissolved Division II West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

The University of Charleston and fellow West Virginia schools Concord University, Concord University, Fairmont State, Glenville State, Shepherd University, West Liberty University, West Virginia State, West Virginia Wesleyan and Wheeling Jesuit will play football in the newly organized Mountain East Conference starting this fall.

Notre Dame College, Urbanna University of Ohio and the University of Virginia College of Wise also will compete in football in the newly organized league.

Adams, a 6-0, 275-pound senior, is slotted to play either guard or center in college, but he will take a redshirt year in 2013, he said on Friday.

“I’ve worked pretty hard the past two years to keep my GPA up and get good test scores,” said the prospective business management major.

“I liked the campus.  I really liked the way they were academically, the way they treated the classes there, it’s about a 13-1 student teacher ratio.”

Adams admitted it would be big adjustment from high school to college football, with a lot of work involved.

“I really have to work hard on overall endurance,” said Adams, who anticipates he may be asked to call pass protections as a collegiate center or offensive lineman.”

“The head coach thinks I play nasty.  I may not be the biggest, but he thinks I’m a hard worker, and he thinks I’ll get after it,” added Adams, who said he needed to improve his footwork in order to adapt to the Golden Eagles’ frequent rollout schemes on pass plays.

“I think I’m fast enough to get out and get in front of somebody,” Adams explained.

Halifax County High School head football coach Mike Roark said Adams is a “great fit” for the University of Charleston.

“They have a new offensive coordinator, Tate Gregory who’s been there the past eight years,” said Roark.

“I like what Tate does, he works the guys hard.”

Roark described the University of Charleston as one of the top Division II football programs in their league.

“It’s a great school to go to,” he added.

Varsity football assistant Garrick Vogt has coached Adams on the offensive line and defensive line the past four years, often at the same time.

“I’ve watched him develop from a freshman who really didn’t know what he was doing into hopefully a successful college player,” said Vogt.

“There have been times where I have personally challenged Seth, on and off the field, and he’s always stepped up to the plate.

“He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do for four years, and we’re glad to see him go and find some success.”