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Friday, May 24, 2013
ESPN 150 DB Adams announces top 12

By Damon Sayles

For most college football recruits, announcing a top 12 doesn’t attract a ton of views. For someone like ESPN 150 safety Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron), a top 12 is news that many programs have anticipated for months.

That’s because Adams, a 6-foot, 199-pound, four-star defensive back, has been quite vocal about his high school football team's expectations and teammates but very tight-lipped about his recruiting. Many have speculated his interest, but he’s rarely confirmed or denied any reports.

Friday afternoon, Adams opened up and announced the schools that have made his first cut. Those schools in alphabetical order: Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA and USC.

“It was really hard,” Adams said of narrowing down a list of nearly 30 offers. “The hardest [part] is telling coaches you’re not interested.”

Adams, the No. 3 safety in the country and the No. 2 player in Texas in the 2014 class, said he believes all 12 schools could provide him with a great opportunity to excel on and off the field. Adams is ranked No. 23 overall in the ESPN 150.

Adams considers his list of 12 as the first phase. The second phase will involve chopping the new list in half to six. Adams said that could happen before the end of the 2013 season and, most likely, during the season.

Adams had 63 tackles and three interceptions as a junior. He received an invitation to The Opening after performing well at April’s Nike Football Training Camp in Allen, Texas.