Harrison Adams was determined to be a wrestler and his determination and perseverance have paid off.
Adams signed April 22 to wrestle for Reinhardt College in Waleska.
"This is just a testament to hard work and perseverance and what that can get you," said Principal Richard Crumley.
Adams has wrestled since he was about 8 years old and was single-minded in his desire to wrestle at each successive level.
"I first met him when he was around 7-8 years old," said Dawson County High School's Wrestling Coach Arron Haynes. "His brother wrestled for me. Harrison would follow us around...and would always have a bag of wrestling gear on him no matter where we went. When we would get there, if there was a JV kid who didn't have a match for the other team, Harrison was like, I will wrestle him.
"He was a shining star, one of the greats to come through."
Adams' senior season was a tough one as he suffered a torn meniscus in the first match of the year.
He continued wrestling despite the injury, while getting physical therapy. He was only able to wrestle in five matches, all of which he won.
Later in the season, however, it became clear he would have to have surgery.
Adams says he is perfect now.
"I am mentally, physically ready to go. I am excited. It's going to be fantastic," he said after signing.
Choosing Reinhardt was easy for Adams as a former coach of his, Jeff Bedard, was named head coach of the new program there.
"The coach they are getting was actually my coach when I won my first freestyle and Greco state championship. Right when he took the job at Reinhardt, it was like it all just fell into place," Adams said.
Adams' parents, Patty and Gregg, plan to make regular trips to see him wrestle at Reinhardt as the campus is only about 40 minutes away.
"I love him and I am very proud of him," Patty Adams said.