Monday, July 1, 2013
ESPN 300 S Adams breaks down final six
By Derek Tyson
LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- ESPN 300 safety Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas./Hebron) was orginally planning to make a decision between his top six schools in August.
No. 24 recruit Jamal Adams has strong reasons to pick each of the final six schools on his list.
But now, the 6-foot, 199-pounder thinks he may delay his decision until after he has taken all five official visits.
"I'm at six right now," said Adams, who's the nation's No. 24 player. "I have a mindset of what I'm looking at and an idea of who I'm really looking at I just haven't released anything or told anyone yet. So really, before the season, I want to knock it down to probably about three. Originally I was going to announce in August, but sometimes you have second thoughts. I just want to make the right decision for myself -- I don't want to rush it."
His list of finalists include Texas A&M, Florida, Notre Dame, Texas, Ole Miss and Ohio State. Adams talks about each of final schools.
Texas A&M: "It's a great school. Coach [Kevin] Sumlin is doing great with them. They are up and coming. They just got in the SEC and had a great year. But a lot of guys want to see how they are going to do without Johnny Manziel. I definitely have a lot of interest in A&M -- definitely."
Florida: "It's just a totally different vibe out there, man. It's different from the Big 12 schools that I visited. It's just the coaching staff to the facilities. I just see them getting back to where they used to be with Coach Urban [Meyer]. Coach [Will] Muschamp is doing a great job with those guys getting back to those national championship runs."
Texas: "It's a great program. As they say, DBU. They produce defensive backs. I like Coach [Duane] Akina, he's one of the best defensive backs coach in the country."
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Ohio State: "Coach Urban, he's definitely a big-time name and he's helping people get to the NFL and reach their goals he definitely has a chance to help his team reach a bunch of national titles."
Ole Miss: "Great school. Coach [Hugh] Freeze is doing a great job with them. They are definitely going to be on the come up. Great, great program."
Notre Dame: "Just like the rest of them, it's a great, great program. A lot of tradition and Coach [Brian] Kelly has his team competing with the best in the country."
Some think Florida might have the inside track on Adams because Florida wide receivers coach, Joker Phillips, is his godfather. Adams said that's not the case.
"Everybody says it plays a factor, but it really has no factor because he could leave at any time," Adams said. "It really doesn't have a factor with Coach Phillips. I like Florida for itself, not just for my relationship with the coaches."