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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Jamal Adams trims dozen to half-dozen

By Damon Sayles

Jamal Adams' dozen is now a half dozen.

After consoling with family members, the ESPN 150 safety formally announced his top six schools by way of social media. His Twitter page, @ThaJudgeKO, said he is down the following schools, in alphabetical order: Florida, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Texas and Texas A&M.

Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron) said all six schools had the same thing in common -- tradition and comfort.

“I know it’ll be a great four years I can spend there,” Adams said. “Everything is laid out for me, from the academics to playing for a possible national championship.”

Of the six schools, only one -- Notre Dame -- wasn’t a part of his original 12. He said one player in particular helped to sell him on the Irish: 2013 wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr., another ESPN 150 player.

“Torii is like a brother to me,” Adams said. “He’s said a lot of stuff about them, and I’ve been listening. I definitely will give them a chance.”

Adams said he isn’t sure when he will announce the next cut. For now, his focus is on this weekend. Adams and his father, former NFL first-round pick George Adams, will take in Florida to see all that Gainesville, Fla., has to offer. Adams also looks forward to spending some time with receivers coach Joker Phillips, who is his godfather.

“You’ve got to love the history there,” Adams said of Florida. “There’s a history of winning championship. I have a great relationship with Coach T-Rob (secondary coach Travaris Robinson) and also with Coach [Will] Muschamp. It should be a lot of fun.

“I like the atmosphere there, too. You can’t get bored in Florida. It’s a great fit, and I definitely see myself on the field as a freshman, whether playing nickel or safety.”