A former high school football player is not going the college way to continue his athletic career. T.J. McAdams will travel to Australia in June to play in a league over there.
The former Altus High School product did not have to go searching for it.
“They actually picked me,” McAdams said.
In a meeting with some officials of the Australian league, they take a look at various player in the country who were three year starters or made an all district teams, things like that. They would then invite players to come play in the league and McAdams was one of the invitees. Avery Reuter, Malcolm Lewis and Wavin Yada also of Altus were also invited.
McAdams has already accepted the invitation.
They just find high school players to go play in the league McAdams said.
“I think it’s a good opportunity,” McAdams said. “It’s costly, you have to pay your way but it’s a once in a life time opportunity to play football in a different country. It’s high school seniors and high school coaches that are involved.”
McAdams hasn’t really decided what he will do following a season of football in Australia. He said it’s a possibility he might go walk on at some program
“It would be fun to play college football and I might walk on,” he said. ” Right now I just want to go play football in Australia.”
McAdams played both defensive end and linebacker in his three years at Altus High School. It looks like it will be much of the same in Australia.
“The coach pretty much told me I would play linebacker,” McAdams said.
McAdams reflected on his time at AHS. “We had some rough years but I really enjoyed playing here. I love football, some didn’t like to practice but I really loved to practice.”
Right now McAdams is trying to raise money for his trip to Australia. He must raise $4,000.