- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
When 2014 defensive back Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron) camped at the University of Alabama in July, he never thought he would be watching the Crimson Tide play at Cowboys Stadium less than two months later.
But the UA coaching staff showed interest at the camp. Adams asked for tickets to the game, and the rest was history. At the game, the Texas native made the most of his experience as he watched to see how Alabama runs its program.
“It was great intensity out there, both teams,” Adams said. “It was just a loud atmosphere. Seeing Alabama, how they do their pregame, looking at their defense, their offense, how they run different plays, it was just a great overall experience.”
Not surprisingly, the 6-foot, 195-pound safety prospect paid extra attention to Tide defensive backs Robert Lester and Dee Milliner. Both players came up big for Alabama’s defense in trying to stop Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson.
“I was watching those two guys to see how they work back there,” Adams said. “They were just going hard every play, not taking a play off and making big plays on big downs.”
Although it wasn’t a home game for the Tide, the UA fan base came out in droves, and Adams said it felt like a home game for Alabama at certain points during the contest.
“It was crazy,” he said. “The fans at Alabama really love their football. It was just great to see all of that happening and how loud it got.”
Adams recently picked up scholarship offers from Iowa and Texas A&M to give him a total of 10 offers. Other schools on that list include Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia, but he’s still hoping for an Alabama offer.
“They have always been up there on my top list,” Adams said. “It was a good thing to go watch them play.”
The Lone Star junior wants to visit the Tide’s campus this fall when Alabama play Auburn. He also has plans to visit Texas for the West Virginia game and says he might go back to Dallas for the Texas-Oklahoma game.