'House' Adams is the lineman football built

October 21, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Charles Adams is the baby of the family, with four older sisters.

In his youth, Adams admits, his siblings took good care of him, even spoiled him with love. And if he got into a squabble in the rugged Baltimore City neighborhood where he grew up, he said they came to their little brother's defense.

But Charles Adams can take care of himself now, because he's a big boy. Make that a very big boy -- all 6-foot-5, 295 pounds of him.

A three-time Class 4A state champion shot putter, Adams bench-presses 350 pounds with biceps that measure 21 inches around.

And as a two-way lineman who has started for three of his four varsity seasons, he anchors Perry Hall's ninth-ranked football team, which is 6-1, 4-1 against the county, entering Saturday's 3A-4A clash at No. 15 Dundalk (6-1, 5-0).

The winner will have the inside track to the Baltimore County league's 3A-4A title, and Adams anticipates the challenge of facing a Dundalk line that averages 255 pounds.

"This is my chance to see if we can move the ball against guys the same size as I am," said Adams, who is flanked by teammates Chris Jester (6-2, 269), Joe Brogley (6-0, 259), Paul Cardon (6-0, 256) and Danny Hampton (6-0, 220).

"We're looking forward to it," he said. "For the linemen, of all of our games, this will probably be our toughest."

For proof of Adams' toughness, just ask any opposing lineman or running back who has faced the bruising Perry Hall co-captain. Or for that matter, ask any of the Division I college recruiters who have seen him in action.

"I've sent out films to about 10 different big-time colleges -- East Carolina, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Virginia, Penn State, Maryland," Perry Hall coach Joe Stoy said about a few of the programs that are interested in Adams.

"They all liked him, not one negative reply," Stoy said. "He's definitely a Division I player, but where he goes from here depends on how he does on his [Scholastic Aptitude Test]. He's a good kid who is working very hard."

Like many football players blessed with his size, Adams, 18, was too large to compete in the area's recreation programs. As a result, he played no organized football before his freshman season at Perry Hall.

"I remember my first varsity scrimmage against Edgewood. I was intimidated, but I made a tackle on the first play I got in," said Adams, whose size earned him a permanent nickname -- "House" -- from several seniors on the team.

Although Stoy said Adams' future is as an offensive lineman, he has used him both as a defensive tackle and nose guard because of his versatility.

Adams was especially effective in last week's 26-7 victory over ,, then-No. 6 South River, creating holes for junior running backs Mark Franklin and Mandel Marsh, who combined for three touchdowns.

"He's one of the reasons everything went so smoothly against South River," said Marsh, who had 168 yards to Franklin's 101 last weekend. "What House brings to the blocking scheme is his experience. The running backs have a lot of confidence in him."

Stoy said, "We run behind him in our Power-I, and he's the center of the whole thing. He came in weighing 320 in August, but he's slimmed down to where he plays more confidently. As a one-on-one blocker, he's just outstanding, able to move off the ball very quickly. We're happy with his progress."

When he graduates in the spring, Adams will join his sister, Pat, a 1983 Perry Hall graduate, as the only members of his immediate family to get a high school diploma. Adams is determined to realize his dream of becoming the first family member to go to college.

Pat checks up on her little brother every so often to make sure he stays in line.

"She lives in Georgia, and she's always calling me to make sure I'm doing OK," Adams said. "My sisters are very tough on me. They act more like brothers."

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