Clayton Adams is no stranger to hard work.
The recent Augusta Christian graduate has spent his entire life on a farm in Dearing. The farm-boy life is all he knows.
"It's taken some of the laziness out of me," he said of his daily chores that include tending to horses and cows.
His summer days as a high school athlete began at 6 a.m. when he climbed out of bed just in time to make the 45-minute drive to Augusta Christian for morning football workouts.
He said the early starts and hard work helped develop his strength and stamina as a football player for the Lions. On Monday, June 18, the starting defensive lineman signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Ga.
"Clayton has the tools to go there and be successful," Augusta Christian football coach and athletics director Bruce Lane said. "The thing about Clayton is you can't run him too much. He's very resilient. I think some of that determination has paid off."
The second football signee at Augusta Christian from the class of 2007, and third in Columbia County, will go to a junior college where discipline isn't an option. Thanks to a childhood full of chores, Adams said he's not worried about it.
"I've always had to follow the rules at home so it's nothing new," he said. "I know I won't have a whole lot of choices once I get there."
He'll be told when to wake up, when to eat and what to wear at the military college. He'll also be told to move to the linebacker position on the football field despite being named a SCISA Class AAA All-State defensive lineman in 2006.
Adams said he was fine with the change, but it just forced him into more work.
"The goal is to put on at least 20 pounds," he said as he scooped a large piece of cake into his mouth during Monday's signing ceremony. "I'm on six meals a day right now and working out. I want to get back to 230 or 240 by football season."
He later left with the rest of the cake tucked under his arm.
Clayton and the Georgia Military football team will begin a series of two-a-day practices on Aug. 8 that will last until the season opener.