Recruiter Danny Pearman says Adam Choice is a special talent with 2-sport potential

Clemson running back signee was a triple-option QB in high school and an MLB Pitch, Hit & Throw finalist at age 12

Adam Choice

Adam Choice

Don't be surprised if sometime next August, Jack Leggett drops by Clemson's football practice field and takes a long look at Adam Choice.

Choice, one of three running back signees for the Tiger football program this year, has the credentials to have gone in another direction with his athletic career.

As a 12-year-old in 2008, Choice made the national finals of Major League Baseball's Pitch, Hit and Throw Competition, which was held at Yankee Stadium in New York. At the 2008 MLB All-Star Game, he fielded fly balls during the event's Home Run Derby.

Choice went on to a stellar baseball career at Thomas Central High in Thomasville, Ga., and Danny Pearman, who recruited Choice for the Tiger football program, hopes to see Choice back in the Yellow Jackets' outfield this spring after finishing up his rehab from shoulder surgery necessitated by a late-season football injury.

"I'm really hoping he can get back for part of his senior season in baseball," said Pearman during a signing day interview on Clemson's official website. "He's a really good outfielder, and he may do a little of that while he's here at Clemson."

Mainly, however, Choice came to Clemson to run - something he did with great proficiency during his career as a triple-option quarterback for Coach Bill Shaver.

The cousin and nephew, respectively, of Georgia Tech and Buffalo Bills running backs Tashard Choice and Joe Burns, Choice finished his career as Thomas County Central's all-time leading rusher with 5,095 yards, breaking Burns' record which had stood since 1997.

"Adam's a high school quarterback who did a really nice job and had a great senior season," said Pearman. "He'll be a four-back, or running back, for us. He's a kid who's got excellent balance and is really strong.

"They ran the triple option down there, so he had the ball in his hands on every snap. He's the kind of guy who wants it in his hands. He's dominated a really good area of high school football in south Georgia.

"But the best thing about Adam is that he's just a wonderful guy."

As a senior, Choice carried the ball 191 times for 1,521 yards and 14 scores, with an 8.0 yards per carry average in his 10 games. As a passer, he completed 31-of-57 for 522 yards and seven touchdowns and just one interception. In addition to leading his region in rushing, he had the district's best passing efficiency rating at 168.3.

Last fall, he rushed for 100 yards or more in nine of his 10 games, and topped the 200-yard mark twice, including a season-best 258-yard performance against Harris County in which he broke Burns' school rushing record.

"I'm as excited about Adam Choice as anybody we've signed here in the past several years," said Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney. "He knows how to play the game. He's incredibly smart and gifted with the ball in his hands. He's strong, powerful and breaks tackles. He's played quarterback, running a triple option, with the ball in his hands.

"He has great vision and the ability to accelerate, and then he's strong and powerful enough to break a lot of tackles."

Choice will compete this summer for spot in a beefed up Tiger backfield that includes rising senior D.J. Howard, juniors Zac Brooks and C.J. Davidson, redshirt freshmen Wayne Gallman and Tyshon Dye, and first-year freshmen Jae'lon Oglesby, C.J. Fuller and Kurt Fleming.

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