Wednesday, August 7, 2013
The Early Offer: A sleeper for S Adams?
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting each morning. Today's offerings: No. 25-ranked Jamal Adams is slated to make a November decision and there’s one team you shouldn’t count out in the race to land him, why the top 10 could look entirely different in February, and why a new Husky Stadium is a good thing for Washington recruiting.
Don’t mess with Texas? Jamal Adams, the nation’s No. 25 player and No. 3 safety prospect out of Lewisville (Texas) Hebron, said Tuesday on Twitter he will “verbally commit in late November.” Adams’ news comes on the heels of an announcement from five-star defensive lineman Da'Shawn Hand that he would make his commitment on Nov. 14 at his high school. Things traditionally slow down between now and October as prospects focus on the start of their high school seasons, but it looks like November is setting up to be a blockbuster month for commitments.
Jamal Adams, the No. 25 prospect in the Class of 2014, has scheduled his commitment announcement for November.
RecruitingNation’s Hot Board projects Adams to select Florida, but he will also take official visits to Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Ohio State and Texas. While the Gators are the trendy pick now, don’t sleep on Texas and ace recruiters Darrell Wyatt and Duane Akina. If the Horns show success on the field this season, Texas will be a major threat to sign Adams.
Changes at the top? While it’s a great accomplishment to rank in the top 10 of the RecruitingNation class rankings in August, it’s even better to be there in January and February. With 28 of the top 50 and 48 of the top 100 players in the ESPN 300 still undecided, there’s a lot left to be determined with the Class of 2014. So what you see now won’t necessarily be what you get on signing day.
Several teams, such as Miami (Fla.), Tennessee and Texas, have already eclipsed the 22-commitment mark, meaning they’ve done most of their recruiting for this class. Sure, the Canes, Vols and Horns will land some high-quality kids over the next six months, but when we see teams such as LSU, Ohio State, Florida, and Auburn with plenty left on the board, it’s going to be a battle to remain in the top 10.
Husky Stadium as recruiting tool The biggest commitment Washington coach Steve Sarkisian received for 2013 was $250 million to remodel Husky Stadium. UW is set to officially unveil its tricked-out new digs against Boise State on Aug. 31, and Sarkisian and said it should provide a huge shot in the arm for recruiting.
“It’s going to become a distinct advantage for us,” Sarkisian said. “There are going to be some jaw-dropping moments for (recruits).”
The biggest improvements come in the form of a football operations support building that houses locker rooms, weight rooms, team meeting rooms, recruiting lounges, player lounges and coaches' offices. So far, the first impression Sarkisian expected has been right on the money with prospects.
“I can’t wait to get up there and play in it,” Washington cornerback commitment Jonathan Lockett (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) said. “I’ve seen a lot of places, but Washington has something special that can’t be matched.”