NCF On The Trail: 130522 Tales From The Road

CARROLLTON, Texas -- In a four-week span, Hebron High School has hosted 91 visitors from college football programs. All 91, in some capacity, have asked about ESPN 150 safety Jamal Adams.

And why not? Adams is one of the nation’s elite defensive backs. He is ranked No. 23 in the ESPN 150, and he’s the No. 2 player in Texas and the No. 3 safety in the country. Adams has close to 30 offers from coast to coast, and more are bound to come over the summer.

Not to mention, Adams is an all-around nice guy, a person of character. Someone who can be a player ambassador for a program. He’s also the definition of a team player -- which could be a reason why he has yet to name a top list of schools.

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Damon Sayles, ESPNTreyvon Hughes, Zach Rogers, Jamal Adams, Carson Proffitt, Cedric Dale and Daniel Wise stand together for Hebron High School in Lewisville, Texas.
Ask Adams about a favorite, and he’s somewhat vague with his answer. One explanation could be because he’s taking his time in weighing his options. Another reason could be because he understands the recruiting process, particularly in the spring. Name favorites, and lose interest from schools. Lose interest, and give fewer schools a chance to see teammates in action.

“My teammates are important to me. They keep me working with the competitive aspect of everything,” Adams said. “You want to get better with your teammates, and you want to see them get offers, too.”

Adams’ play on the field makes him one of the most wanted safeties. However, it’s the ability to look out for his teammates -- and the jubilation he feels when one gets a big offer -- that makes him likable in the locker room and the consummate teammate.

“The kid’s getting all that attention; he could become a little selfish, but he wants to help his team win and help his teammates,” Hebron coach Brian Brazil said. “I told some colleges that when you’re a kid like him getting recruited by everyone in the country, and you’re all about buying into whatever he can do to win and not about who all has offered, that’s what he’s about. He’s about what he can do to be better next year and make the team better.”

Adams in three varsity seasons has been impressive. He’s recorded 178 tackles and nine interceptions, 63 of those tackles and three of those picks coming this past season. Most recently, Adams earned and accepted an invitation to next month’s The Opening after a solid showing at April’s Nike Football Training Camp in Allen, Texas.

Tales from the Road: Texas A&M 

May, 22, 2013
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Every Wednesday, Sam Khan Jr. will take a quick-hit look at some of the top recruits and storylines facing Texas A&M recruiting for the week.

This week’s targets: The Aggies are looking at a mix of guys across different classes and positions currently. 2014 placekicker Aaron Medley (Lewisburg, Tenn./Marshall County) said he got a visit from Texas A&M special teams coordinator Jeff Banks on Friday. When Medley called Banks on Monday to follow up, Banks told him he had an offer. Banks and offensive coordinator Clarence McKinney journeyed to Katy (Texas) High School on Tuesday for the Tigers' spring game to see 2015 running back Rodney Anderson, whom the Aggies have offered, as well as several other Katy prospects. McKinney checked on Crosby (Texas) High School receiver and Utah commit Raelon Singleton on Monday. Another receiver the Aggies are keeping an eye on and checked out last week is South Houston (Texas) High School 2014 receiver Elton Dyer. 2015 receiver Kemah Siverand (Houston/Cypress Ridge) said the Aggies stopped by his school on Tuesday and defensive backs coach Marcel Yates recently spoke with 2014 receiver Darius Hammond (Livonia, La./Livonia) on the phone after seeing his spring game last week.

Area of interest: Texas A&M is hammering the Houston area hard right now as the spring evaluation period hits the homestretch. It is a priority area for the Aggies and head coach Kevin Sumlin has acknowledged as much numerous times during his tenure in Aggieland. With more than 150 high schools within a 70-mile radius of downtown Houston, it's a hotbed for talent that's only about 90 minutes from College Station, Texas, depending on which part of town you're in. The Aggies' highest-ranked recruit in 2014 class (ESPN 150 linebacker Hoza Scott) and in 2013 (ESPN 150 receiver Ricky Seals-Jones) are both from the area surrounding Houston. Nine players in the 2013 signing class were Houston-area products.

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Tales From the Road: Michigan 

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Every Wednesday, WolverineNation will take a look at Michigan's week in recruiting in Tales From The Road.


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Tales From The Road: FSU Seminoles 

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Each week, Tales From The Road will provide news updates about where FSU coaches are visiting and what prospects are standing out.

This week's targets: Wide receivers coach Lawrence Dawsey is expected to make an extended stop in the Tampa area this week. Prospects like Artavis Scott (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake), Ryan Davis (St. Petersburg, Fla./Northeast) and George Campbell (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake) will likely get visits. Running back Jacques Patrick, a 2015 target, said Florida State has visited already.

Area of interest: The state of Florida. With spring games coming up, and the evaluation period hitting the home stretch, Florida State will try to make as much noise as possible in its home state. The Noles will see a bunch of prospects in person and continue to debate whether to offer a prospect or not. The stakes, of course, are higher in the home state because teams won't offer unless they mean it.

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Tales from the Road: LSU 

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BATON ROUGE, La. -- The spring game is back in Louisiana.

Gone for several years because of a change in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association rules, spring games returned this year and provided great evaluation opportunities for coaches. You had matchups like West Monroe (with ESPN 150 offensive tackle Cameron Robinson) against Monroe Neville (ESPN 150 safety Laurence "Hootie" Jones).

You had quarterback Brandon Harris (Bossier City/Parkway) putting up big yards in a spring game. You had Baton Rouge's University Lab, featuring three major prospects in three different classes -- 2014 ESPN 150 offensive lineman Garrett Brumfield (LSU commit), 2015 running back prospect Nick Brossette and 2017 stud Dylan Moses -- taking on rising class 5A power Zachary.

It's May in Louisiana, but around high school campuses, there's a touch of September.

This week's targets: LSU's coaches were spread out at spring games over the weekend.


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Tales From The Road: Florida Gators 

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Each week, Tales From The Road will provide news and updates about where Florida's coaches are recruiting and the prospects making headlines.

This week's targets: Along with a few in-state targets, the Gators have visited or will visit several out-of-state targets this week. Florida coaches headed to Illinois on Monday to check in on inside linebackers Clifton Garrett and Nyles Morgan, then headed to New York to check out athlete Curtis Samuel.

The coaching staff then headed up the East Coast and stopped in on Maryland defensive tackle Damian Prince, Washington D.C. cornerback Jalen Tabor, Virginia defensive end Da'Shawn Hand and North Carolina defensive end Lorenzo Featherston. Georgia insider linebacker Raekwon McMillian will also get a visit from Florida coaches. Committed offensive lineman Travaris Dorsey and uncommitted offensive tackle David Sharpe will have Florida coaches at their spring games this week.

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Tales From The Road: Georgia Bulldogs 

May, 22, 2013
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Each week, Tales From The Road will provide news and updates about where Georgia’s coaches have been and what prospects are standing out.

This week’s targets: University of Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham made the most of his time on the road over the last few days, checking in on two five-star defensive line prospects and his top target at outside linebacker. On Tuesday, Grantham saw defensive tackle Andrew Brown (Chesapeake, Va./Oscar Smith), the No. 3 prospect in the country. That same day, Grantham also went with defensive line coach Chris Wilson to see defensive tackle Lamont Gaillard (Fayetteville, N.C./Pine Forest). The No. 10 prospect in the country, Gaillard has the Bulldogs on top of his list at the moment. Coach Wilson also saw ESPN 150 defensive end Kentavius Street (Greenville, N.C/J.H. Rose), ESPN 150 defensive tackle Elisha Shaw (Tucker, Ga./Tucker), ESPN 150 cornerback Wesley Green (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King) and three-star lineman Kendall Baker (Atlanta/Marist) over the last seven days. On Friday, Grantham was in attendance to watch the ESPN 150 defensive end Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross). Last Thursday, wide receivers coach Tony Ball went to check on what could be his top target at wideout for the 2014 class. ESPN 150 prospect Cameron Sims (Monroe, La./Ouachita Parish) says Coach Ball came out twice to see him this spring, and he plans to return the favor this summer with a visit to Athens, Ga. Earlier this week, inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti wasted no time in going to see new outside linebacker target and recent Florida decommitment Christian Miller (Spring Valley, S.C./Spring Valley). The ESPN 150 prospect had been hoping to get an offer from the Bulldogs, and now plans to come check Georgia out soon.

Area of interest: South Georgia is home to two targets that Georgia would love to add to their 2014 recruiting class. ESPN 150 cornerback/athlete Malkom Parrish (Quitman, Ga./Brooks County) is looking at both in-state schools, and after visits to both campuses he seems torn between the two. He might be the most talented cornerback the Bulldogs have a great shot at bringing in this recruiting cycle. Recent offensive line target Dyshon Sims (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) is thirty minutes down the road, and he hold his offer from Georgia in very high regard. Putting their foot on the gas for both prospects could result in two additions to the commitment list from a pair of in-state prospects with enormous potential.

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Tales from the Road: Texas 

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Every Wednesday, HornsNation will take a look at Texas' week in recruiting in Tales From The Road.

This week’s targets: As the spring evaluation period winds down, Texas coaches are hitting the road -- both in and outside the state -- to follow up with potential targets. No new offers have gone out so far this week, but the greater goal is to get all those targets on campus June 2 and 9 for Texas’ one-day mini camps. Expect several more offers to be handed out to 2014 and 2015 prospects after those camps.

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Tales From the Road: Ohio State 

May, 22, 2013
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BuckeyeNation continues to hit the road in search of budding Division I talent that should catch the eyes of Ohio State fans. Here’s what we came up with this week:


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Tales From the Road: Alabama 

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Each week, Tales From The Road provides news and updates about where Alabama’s coaches are recruiting and which prospects are getting noticed.

This week’s targets: Spring practice is over in most states with the exception of California and Florida. Consequently, the Alabama coaching staff has made those two states a priority this week in recruiting. On Monday, UA offensive line coach Mario Cristobal made a stop at La Mirada (Calif.) High School. Even though it’s not his designated area, Cristobal likely wanted to see ESPN 150 tight end Tyler Luatua, who has been called an unbelievable blocker by his coach. La Mirada also has a 2014 offensive lineman, Michael Trani, who has seen his recruitment take off this spring. Cristobal made a stop at Corona (Calif.) Centennial on Tuesday to see ESPN 150 offensive lineman Viane Talamaivao, and he’s also expected to see four-star offensive lineman Damien Mama (Bellflower, Calif./John Bosco) while on the West Coast.

Area of interest: Louisiana is notorious for the talent that comes out of New Orleans every year, but some of the state’s top 2014 prospects hail from the northern part of the state, primarily the Monroe area. Alabama has found success there before with current linebacker Denzel Devall, but that would be nothing compared to the recruits to be had in this class. It starts with five-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) and ESPN 150 safety Laurence Jones (Monroe, La./Neville), who both visited Alabama last month for A-Day. Last week, UA assistant coach Billy Napier was at Ouachita High School’s spring game to watch wide receiver Cameron Sims. He finished with four catches for 165 yards and three touchdowns.

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Tales From The Road: Oklahoma 

May, 22, 2013
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Every Wednesday the SoonerNation staff will take a quick hit look at some of the top recruits and storylines facing Oklahoma recruiting for the week.

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This week’s targets: Louisiana isn’t usually a typical recruiting area of interest for Oklahoma. But with 11 prospects in the ESPN 150 from the state, OU coaches are migrating there. One recruit in particular stands out, as defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery is doing everything he can to secure the commitment of ESPN 150 defensive tackle Garrald McDowell (Covington, La./Covington). OU wasn’t there in the beginning for McDowell, ranked No. 105 in the ESPN 150, but Montgomery is making sure the Sooners will be there until the end. With OU in desperate need for defensive tackle help, McDowell would be exactly what OU is looking for.


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It was the first practice of the season, and Nicholas Abramson's youth football coach went up and down the line asking his players who their favorite athletes were. Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and all the usual suspects were rattled off.

Then his coach reached his young quarterback, no more than 8 years old. His answer befuddled his coach, shocked he even knew a player from a half-century ago.


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Tales From The Road: USC 

May, 22, 2013
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Every Wednesday, the WeAreSC staff will take a quick-hit look at some of the top recruits and storylines facing USC recruiting for the week.

This week’s targets: Assistant coach Ed Orgeron dropped by River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian over the weekend to see safety Mattrell McGraw, No. 2-rated receiver Malachi Dupre and four-star linebacker Kenny Young in their spring scrimmage. Assistant coach Mike Ekeler checked in with ESPN 150 linebackers Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South) and Nyles Morgan (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee) at their respective schools on Monday, while three-star outside linebacker Michael Smith (Miami, Fla./Northwestern) said he also received a visit from USC. On Monday night, local receiver Brandon Burton (Gardena, Calif./Serra) became the first Class of 2016 prospect to land a Trojans scholarship offer.

Prospect performance: Last weekend’s Nike Football Training Camp in Oakland had a USC flavor to it. Five-star cornerback Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) shined in one-on-one drills, just a day after winning his section’s track and field title with a record-setting long jump of 25 feet. Jackson received an invitation to The Opening, as did fellow USC targets Joe Mixon, Michiah Quick and Adarius Pickett. Trojans defensive tackle commit Tashon Smallwood (Fresno, Calif./Central) also turned in an impressive performance in pass rushing drills. Fast-rising cornerback John Plattenburg (Corona, Calif./Centennial) and guard Kammy Delp (Pomona, Calif./Diamond Ranch), whom have garnered interest from USC assistant James Cregg, took home DB and OL MVP honors, respectively.

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