Ohio State Buckeyes: Jamal Adams


As expected, Day 2 at the Under Armour All-America practices were smoother, more concise and much more productive. The players are now starting to think less and play more. Natural ability is starting to come to the forefront, which allows for them to be more productive. There have been fewer dropped passes, fewer misses by the QBs and the offensive lines are starting to jell quicker than expected. Perhaps the most impressive thing about this group is there have not been any true letdowns. They have stepped up and been as advertised almost top to bottom for both squads. Let’s hit the highlights of the day:

Top performers

WR Cameron Sims (Monroe, La./Ouachita Parish): Sims might not wow anyone with his 40-yard dash time, but it may not matter. Sims is so similar to Mike Evans at Texas A&M. He just makes plays. He has extremely long arms and is outstanding when in contested matchups. The ball will look like it is uncatchable and then next thing you know he jumps out of nowhere, extends and makes a play and the defender is left scratching his head. When it comes down to it, the QBs for Team Highlight can trust that if they need to throw it up, Sims will make a play. The most basic thing about the position is catching the football and Sims has no problem doing that.

New school in mix for ESPN 300 Adams 

October, 30, 2013
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ESPN 300 safety Jamal Adams’ top five is now a top six.

Late Tuesday evening Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron) said Florida, Texas A&M, Texas, Ole Miss and Ohio State are still very high on his list of schools, but LSU is now in the mix as well. Adams was offered by LSU back in April, minutes after he competed at the Nike Football Training Camp in Allen, Texas, and earned a golden ticket to The Opening.


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ESPN 300 Adams discusses TAMU visit 

September, 15, 2013
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As much of a traveler as ESPN 300 safety Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron) has become, Saturday was his first Texas A&M game experience at Kyle Field.

The atmosphere of 87,000-plus fans watching the Aggies and Alabama battle like heavyweight prizefighters was enough for him to want to make another trip to College Station, Texas, soon. Adams took the first of his five official visits this weekend and said he had a blast taking in the Texas A&M environment.


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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.


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Family: The one word that many college football recruits use to describe Ole Miss after a visit. ESPN 300 safety Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron) followed suit.


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A week after Ohio State increased its 2014 recruiting class by four the Buckeyes took a little time off from the commitment game. But that didn’t mean pledges and recruits didn’t have a lot to say in what -- as always -- was a busy week as Ohio State continues to mold itself into a solid team.

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Josh Moyer/ESPNJermaine Eluemunor delayed his decision between Ohio State, UCLA and Arkansas, which was scheduled for this past Friday.
Just two days after the exit of Luke Roberts, who transferred to Harvard, Ohio State had to look into replacing yet another linebacker. Some of the names we looked at on Friday were familiar, while some were new. Some are incredible long shots. On another front, Jermaine Eluemunor, who was rumored in wanting to finalize a decision on Friday, decided to hold off. The UCLA pledge plans to make a trip later this month to Arkansas before making a final commitment.

On Wednesday, news turned to the hardwood as top 10 recruit Myles Turner gave Ohio State some good news. The ESPN 100 power forward/center broke down a top 10 and the Buckeyes are in it. Wednesday also saw big receiving target Austin Roberts find himself in the who’s who from The Opening after another strong performance.

ESPN 300 defensive end Solomon Thomas spoke about his recent Ohio State visit on Tuesday, while ESPN 300 offensive tackle Demetrius Knox heard about the Buckeyes from virtually every commit while he was in Oregon. Some great news in the wide receiving front came when ESPN 300 standout Johnnie Dixon put Ohio State in his top two along with Miami (Fla.) after a recent visit to Columbus, Ohio.

On Monday, wide receiver Christian Kirk said he’d probably schedule a visit to the Buckeyes in the next few weeks. Could that mean an appearance at the Friday Night Lights camp on July 26? Stay tuned. Star pledge Damon Webb looked to join fronts with other Buckeyes at The Opening, while ESPN 300 safety Jamal Adams broke down a top six that included Ohio State. Speaking of the Opening, big news came out on Monday when new pledge Terry McLaurin finished second in the SPARQ national championship. Nothing much has changed with ESPN 300 linebacker Raekwon McMillan. He’s still got Ohio State at the top and is coming to Friday Night Lights at the end of the month.
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.

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Tom Hauck for Student SportsNo. 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.


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The Opening, presented by Nike, will feature 162 of the best high school football players in the country. The event, which will include linemen, 7-on-7 and SPARQ testing competitions, is set to run from June 30 to July 3 at the Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.

The following events from The Opening will be televised on ESPNU:

July 1: SPARQ Rating National Championship, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. ET

July 2: 7-on-7 Pool Play, 9 p.m.-11:30 p.m. ET

July 3: Linemen Challenge Finals and 7-on-7 semifinal and championship games, 9 p.m.-midnight ET

The players will be divided in to six teams -- Alpha Pro, Apocalypse, Field Generals, Land Sharks, Super Bad and Vapor Carbon. Here is a closer look at how the teams match up.

Team: Alpha Pro
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Jordan Palmer, defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson

The Alpha Pro team will have plenty of targets to spread the ball around. Ermon Lane and Tyler Luatua, the No. 1-ranked receiver and tight end in the country respectively, bring size and playmaking ability to the passing game. ESPN 300 athletes Corey Holmes, Jalen Hurd, John "JuJu" Smith, Ja'Von Harrison, and Derrell Scott are all explosive offensive weapons.

Defensively Alpha Pro is led by Andrew Brown, the No. 1-ranked defensive tackle in the country, ESPN 150 cornerback Damon Webb, defensive end Andrew Williams, Ohio State linebacker commit Dante Booker and LSU cornerback commit Chris Hardeman.

Complete Alpha Pro roster.

Team: Apocalypse
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Adam Tafralis, defensive coordinator Donovin Darius

The first thing that jumps out about team Apocalypse is the talent in the defensive front seven. Team Apocalypse will be led by five-star defensive end Da'Shawn Hand and inside linebacker Raekwon McMillan. Hand, from Woodbridge, Va., is the No. 4-ranked player in the country, while McMillan was recently bumped up to a five-star linebacker. Joining Hand and McMillan along the front seven are ESPN 300 defensive linemen Anthony Moten and Ainuu Taua, and linebackers D.J. Calhoun and Rashaan Evans.

Offensively, team Apocalypse has no shortage of playmakers. ESPN 300 wide receivers Artavis Scott, K.D. Cannon and Michiah Quick will provide explosiveness in the passing game, while athletic running backs Joe Mixon and Royce Freeman will provide athletic and reliable targets out of the backfield.

Complete Apocalypse roster.

Team: Field Generals
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Charlie Frye, defensive coordinator Michael Fletcher

Seven-on-seven events are always geared towards the offense, but with five-star defensive back Adoree' Jackson, No. 3-ranked safety Jamal Adams, and ESPN 300 cornerback Adarius Pickett in the secondary, the Field Generals should more than hold their own. New Ohio State defensive end commit Jalyn Holmes and the No. 6-ranked defensive end in the country, Solomon Thomas, will be two to watch along the defensive line.

Offensively, the Field Generals are led by ESPN 300 offensive guard Damien Mama, ESPN 300 wide receivers Austin Roberts and Thaddeus Snodgrass and explosive Notre Dame running back commit Elijah Hood.

Complete Field Generals roster.

Team: Landsharks
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Craig Nall, defensive coordinator Keith Bulluck

The Landsharks have some big-time talent along each line of scrimmage. Led by five-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson, the Landsharks also feature ESPN 300 offensive guard Corey Martinez. ESPN 300 defensive linemen Gerald Willis III and Thomas Holley, as well as ESPN 300 defensive end Chad Thomas, will form a very physical and athletic defensive line.

In the secondary, the Landsharks will have three defensive backs -- Arrion Springs, Chris Lammons and Tony Brown -- that are ranked among the top 85 players in the country. The defense also features ESPN 150 linebacker Nyles Morgan.

Offensively, explosive running backs Dalvin Cook, a Florida commit, and Racean Thomas form a dangerous tandem out of the backfield, and wide receivers Travis Rudolph and Jalen Harvey are solid receiving threats.

Complete Landsharks roster.

Team: Superbad
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Dennis Gile, defensive coordinator Harold Nash Jr.

The Superbad defense line is led by five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter and ESPN 150 defensive tackle Bijhon Jackson. The linebacking corp is stacked with three ESPN 300 members, including Clifton Garrett, Christian Miller and Edwin Freeman. Cornerback Jalen Tabor is the No. 19-ranked player in the country.

Offensively, Superbad has a huge advantage with the No. 1-ranked prospect in the country, running back Leonard Fournette. This team is loaded on offense, with wide receivers Drake Harris, Josh Malone and Speedy Noil all in the mix.

Complete Superbad roster.

Team: Vapor Carbon
Coaches: Offensive coordinator George Whitfield, defensive coordinator Chris Gizzi.

Vapor Carbon will be tough to throw against with defensive backs Quin Blanding, Naijiel Hale and Ed Paris roaming the field. The linebacker group is just as impressive, with Ohio State commit Kyle Berger, Kain Daub and Dillon Bates all leading the way.

The offense for Vapor Carbon could be lethal with running back Joseph Yearby and Nick Chubb in the backfield. Spreading out wide receivers T.V. Williams, Justin Brent and tight end Ian Bunting on the outside could prove to be an awesome combination for this squad.

Team Vapor Carbon has a lot of pieces to make a long run in the 7-on-7 tournament, but then again, every team is stacked in this competition.

Complete Vapor Carbon roster.
Jamal Adams' dozen is now a half dozen.


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Ohio State picked up commitment No. 9, made several offers and watched its archrival nab a big commitment all in one week.

While it wasn’t your typical week, it showed just how busy things are getting as the evaluation period ends and the university camp scenes heat up.

Here’s a look at the week that was:


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ESPN 150 DB Adams announces top 12 

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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.


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Assessing the 2014 defensive backs 

February, 28, 2013
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After scoring the No. 1-ranked defensive backfield in the nation in 2013, the question becomes can Ohio State do it again?

While the Buckeyes missed out Wednesday on safety Quin Blanding (Virginia Beach, Va./Bayside), who chose Virginia over Ohio State, the team certainly isn’t backing down from adding to an already-solid unit.

The Buckeyes have offered 21 defensive backs from the class of 2014 -- 13 of them at the cornerback position -- and count 18 ESPN Watch List individuals among them. They received a huge commitment from Damon Webb (Detroit/Cass Tech) back on Jan. 13, but aren’t likely through adding one -- maybe two -- more names to the class.


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It's Lone Star love for Urban Meyer 

January, 30, 2013
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The Lone Star state is a five-star state, especially when it comes to recruiting and Urban Meyer at Ohio State.

While much is being made of the two-time national champion coach's love for Georgia athletes, Texas is one of the top three recruiting states in the nation, and Meyer knows it.

The Peach State might have 15 offers alone in the class of 2014 from Meyer, but Texas isn’t far behind.


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S Jamal Adams talks Buckeyes offer 

December, 27, 2012
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ESPN Watch List safety Jamal Adams (Carrollton, Texas/Hebron) has a dozen offers, and every offer makes him smile, but even he had to admit there was something a little different after picking up an offer from Ohio State on Thursday.

Adams’ 12th offer came after speaking with Buckeyes offensive coordinator Tom Herman. Adams adds the Ohio State offer with ones from Florida, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M and several other heavyweight programs.

“It’s big,” Adams said of his latest offer. “It’s a big program, like Florida or Alabama, and it’s a great D-1 school that I’m very interested in. I think it can put me where my dreams want me to go."

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