JONESBORO, Ark. (6/18/17) – A three-sport all-state selection at Jonesboro High School, incoming Arkansas State football freshman Jonathan Adams has been named the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's 2016-17 All-Arkansas Preps Male Athlete of the Year.
Adams, recognized as the top male athlete across all classifications in Arkansas, was among 350 of the best high school athletes and coaches in the state honored at the 2016-17 All-Arkansas Preps Award Banquet held this weekend at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. Selections were made by the sports department of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
A two-time all-state wide receiver at Jonesboro, Adams was also named this year as the Little Rock Touchdown Club's 2016 Arkansas High School 6A Player of the Year and the Jonesboro Sun's “Best Under the Sun Football Player of the Year.”
Adams helped lead JHS to just its third conference football championship since 1987 with a 6-2 mark in 6A East and 9-2 overall record. He completed his senior season with 76 receptions for 1,402 yards and 26 touchdowns, while also rushing for 97 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.
Also an all-state basketball choice, Adams helped lead the Hurricane to its first undefeated season (32-0) since 1954 and the school's 14th state title in school history this past season. Averaging 12.1 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, Adams was named “Top 5” in Class 6A by the Arkansas Basketball Coaches Association.
Earning the Lowell Manning Award as the top male athlete at JHS this past May, Adams was a standout track and field athlete as well. He was won the long jump event and placed third in the high jump at the Class 6A state meet, helping JHS finish fifth in the team standings.
Adams father, also named Jonathan, was a standout running back at A-State from 1998-2001, earning All-Sun Belt honors in 2001 and still ranking as the Red Wolves' fourth all-time leading rusher with 3,005 career yards to his credit.