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Q&A: 2014 S Jamal Adams planning visits

9/12/2012

It didn't take long for 2014 prospect Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron) to make his presence felt this season. The safety intercepted a pass in the season opener against Abilene and returned it 57 yards for a touchdown.

Plays like that show exactly why he is such a hot commodity to programs around the country, including Texas, which has only offered Adams and one other safety, Edwin Freeman, for 2014.

In addition to Texas, Adams has offers from Baylor, Iowa, Kentucky, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas A&M and West Virginia.

Adams, whose Hawks will face Keller (Texas) Fossil Ridge at 7:30 p.m. CT Thursday, has already taken an unofficial visit to Texas. He went to Austin in August with his parents and watched the Longhorns practice. The Adamses had lunch with head coach Mack Brown and defensive backs coach Duane Akina.

The talented prospect took the time to discuss where things stand for him with Texas, as well as two SEC schools that are making serious strides:

HornsNation: How are things going for you after two weeks?

Jamal Adams: The season is going good. I am doing good as well. The first game I started out with 12 tackles and a pick six. The second game it was a running team in Mansfield Timberview and I had between 12 to 15 tackles as well.

HN: What was it like going up against Timberview's talented secondary of Ed Paris and Brandon Simmons?

Adams: It was good going against those guys. I didn't go on offense that much. But it was good to see how they play and them being able to see how I play. It was just good to see how those guys compete. I'm glad we got the win over them.

HN: You've built great relationships with fellow Class of 2014 prospects Solomon Thomas and Jerrod Heard, as well as many others. Why?

Adams: I try to have a good relationship with all of the guys. All the 2014 guys are real close. I want to get to know them and see what they are about. Solomon, I've known him since AAU basketball in sixth grade. When I went down to visit Texas Jerrod was there and we became really close. We played against each other in the first round of the playoffs last year.

HN: Do you remember seeing something special in Jerrod from that game last season?

Adams: Oh man, Jerrod is one of those quarterbacks where you have a good defense in the secondary and then he does one little thing and he is off to the races. He is a good quarterback man. His scrambling ability is something to see.

HN: What aspects of your game are your really focusing on this season?

Adams: I want to improve on everything. I don't ever want to get relaxed. But one thing I really want to get better at is watching film, breaking down plays and routes. That is one thing I want to get better at.

HN: Are Texas and Oklahoma still your top two schools?

Adams: That has not changed. Alabama is in there as well even though they have not offered. They show me a lot of love. But those three are the ones that show me the most love right now as well as Texas A&M.

HN: What does it mean to you to have a program like Alabama showing you so much interest?

Adams: That is a good feeling to know that I am blessed to get that attention and hopefully I will get an offer shortly.

HN: What games have you attended so far this year and what other ones might you go to?

Adams: I went to the Alabama-Michigan game. I plan on going to the Oklahoma-Kansas State game in a few weeks. I will go to the Texas-West Virginia game and definitely the Texas-OU game. I am trying to set up an A&M game. Hopefully I can get up to Bama to watch the Bama-Auburn game too.

HN: Do you think about which conference would be better suited to get you ready for the NFL at all?

Adams: I try not to think about all of that. You just have to look at the overall aspect of things knowing who is in front of you on the depth chart and what the coaches are telling you as well. Playing in the SEC would be great but playing in the Big 12 would too. Both will get you ready for the NFL.

HN: Do you like that Texas A&M is in the SEC?

Adams: Oh yeah, that is real good. They are attracting a lot of Texas players here. It sounds like a bunch of Texas boys are trying to take over the SEC.