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Tuesday, April 2, 2013
S Adams bonding with Texas commits

By Max Olson

AUSTIN, Texas -- The leaders of Texas’ 2014 recruiting class are a determined group. When they put a fellow recruit in their crosshairs, he’s in for a whole lot of love and attention.

For months now, Jamal Adams has been the target. The ESPN Watch List safety from Lewisville (Texas) Hebron is still constantly hearing from UT commits Jerrod Heard, Lorenzo Joe, Demetrius Knox and Daniel Gresham.

Jamal Adams
ESPN Watch List safety Jamal Adams attended Texas' spring game last weekend and will visit Texas A&M on April 13.
“Every day. They all stay in my ear,” Adams said Saturday after running at the Texas Relays. “Text me, Twitter, everything. They do it up. They tell me every day, ‘Man, you need to commit and stop playing.’ They always say I’m next.”

Don’t underestimate the power of that pursuit. It’s one thing to hear praise and sales pitches from recruiters. The fact it’s coming from his peers has gotten Adams’ attention.

“Man, it’s a great group of guys,” he said. “I mean, the day I met them I bonded with them. I already knew it was going to be a brotherhood. I’m real good friends with them.”

Texas Relays brought Adams back to Austin for the third time this spring -- he attended a junior day and a spring practice -- and he enjoyed getting a chance to hang with the commits and take in Texas’ Orange-White spring game.

Adams spent most of his time Saturday night with Joe and Heard. While Knox and Gresham consider themselves the more vocal salesmen of the class, the two high school quarterbacks know how to sway their fellow recruits.

In fact, Joe and Heard both also sat with Trey Lealaimatafao during the spring game. Whatever they said worked, because the San Antonio Warren defensive tackle committed right after the game.

Adams, a 6-foot, 199-pound defensive back with more than 20 offers, won’t be so easily won over. He might not reach a decision until this fall, when he gets a chance to take official visits, but he knows one isn’t coming soon.

“It’ll narrow it down a little bit in the summer,” he said. “But it’s not going to be a decision. I’m definitely going to be my time with that. I really don’t know about official visits yet. I’m definitely enjoying this. You only get it once.”

Adams said he continues to talk regularly with Texas recruiter Duane Akina. Their relationship is in great shape, and Adams has serious respect for the longtime secondary coach.

“Coach Akina is a good guy,” he said. “I hear nothing but positive vibes about him from different coaches. He’s definitely a good coach.”

After competing in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays in Austin this weekend, Adams says more track is on tap for the rest of his spring. He’s hoping to get away for some visits in between meets, but the only one he’s lined up so far is Texas A&M’s spring game on April 13.

He’s already seen plenty of Texas, as well as TCU and Baylor, so Adams would like to get out to some out-of-state schools as the summer approaches.

“I haven’t really stepped out,” he said. “I want to step out in the summer and really open my eyes a little bit more.”

A few recruiters have pressured him on making an early decision, Adams said, but that’s not going to happen. That’s never the tone the Longhorn commits take with him. They just want their buddy to join them at UT next year. So far, their strong interest is making a difference.

“Oh yeah, it definitely is,” Adams said. “You could already have a brotherhood, a family-type environment, already starting off before you go to school. That’s a big factor.”