Osharmar Abercrombie and Daniel Adams have been mainstays for the Emerald Vikings’ football team over the past four years. The duo both signed their National Letters of Intent Wednesday morning at Emerald High School.
Abercrombie, a four year starter at running back, signed with Coastal Carolina University. According to the former Vikings’ star, he made official visits to East Carolina, Appalachian State, Wake Forrest and Coastal Carolina, but the spread offense employed by the Chanticleers attracted him to his future team.
“I wanted to stay somewhat close to home,” Abercrombie said. “It seems like it will be a good fit for me and I love the offense that they run.”
Adams, a free safety, signed with Lenoir-Rhyne, in Hickory, N.C. While the small town feel of Hickory initially drew Adams to the Bears’ program, having a familiar face join him the next four years added to the comfort level, as Greenwood Eagles’ quarterback Evin Sims will also suit up for the Bears.
“I just felt really at home on campus,” Adams said. “I like the small town feel, the community there. I have talked to Evin (Sims) a lot and I think we are going to room together, so knowing someone else going there helped out too.”
Abercrombie, a North-South All-Star game participant, explained that he is hoping to make an immediate impact once he arrives at Coastal Carolina.
“I just want to go down there and work hard,” Abercrombie said. “I just want to help my team in any way I can.”
While he was proud of the accomplishments of his former pupils, Emerald Head Coach Tim McMahon explained that it will also be surreal not having the talented duo in the Viking’s program.
“They were both incoming freshman in my first year as the coach here,” McMahon said. “Both are great players. Osharmar (Abercrombie) is a great player, but an even greater kid. It will be different not seeing number 32 out there for us next year. Daniel (Adams) is a great player. He’s a great recruit. He (Adams) will be able to go up there and help them in a lot of ways.”
As they prepare for the next step in their careers, Adams explained that it is a dream come true for both he and Abercrombie.
“It’s awesome,” Adams said. “We’ve both been wanting to play college football since we were little, and to be able to finally do it is a dream come true.”