Jordyn Adams committed to playing football at North Carolina back at Nike’s The Opening with the plan to play for the Diamond Heels during his time in Chapel Hill as well. Since then, Adams’ baseball stock has skyrocketed.
His performances on the diamond for Green Hope High School and various showcases put his name solidly in the conversation as a first-round pick in the baseball draft. Although he initially appeared to be on more of a football path than a baseball one, the results caught enough scouts’ eye to make him a legitimate MLB prospect.
Those performances have translated into Adams being selected 17th overall by the LA Angels. Because of how slot money works in the MLB Draft, it is extremely rare for first-round draftees to not sign. Teams generally do not draft high school athletes with all the leverage without a guarantee on their end that they can come to some kind of agreement on the amount of money to be exchanged.
With that being the case, it looks very likely that Adams will likely pass up his time in Chapel Hill in favor of starting his professional baseball career. It’s hard to begrudge him the chance to get money immediately in a sport with fewer serious injury concerns.
Adams was one of the most exciting things to look forward to with UNC Football this upcoming season. He has the legit ability to be a star, and seeing him suit up in Carolina blue would have been amazing. There is still some small chance that he could end up wanting to stick with his dad in Chapel Hill instead of heading off to the minor leagues for several years, but the money makes it quite unlikely.