With a decision expected this fall, it’s anyone’s guess where Lewisville Hebron safety Jamal Adam will play college football. One thing, however, is certain: the school that lands him will get a special breed of athlete.
Ranked the 24th overall player in the country in the 247Sports composite rankings, Adams proved during the Texas state 7-on-7 tournament in Leander over the weekend that he’s as good as advertised.
Hebron lost in the first round of the Champions Bracket on the final day of the tournament, but the three games Friday and one Saturday were enough for him to show he has all the tools to be a difference maker at the collegiate level.
Adams played safety, corner and wide receiver in the competition, and he looked like he could be a legitimate Division I player at each position.
Though Adams says Ole Miss, Florida State and Ohio State are all in the thick of his recruiting race, it’s widely expected his ultimate decision will come down to Texas, Texas A&M and Florida. The Gators, who have Adams’ Godfather, Joker Phillips, on their coaching staff, appear to have the momentum with experts giving them an 80-percent chance to land him in 247’s Crystal Ball.
Once expected to announce his decision in August, Adams says he’s now thinking it will happen “probably sometime in the middle of the year”. The 6-foot, 199-pound safety wants to officially visit his finalists to get one last look at what each has to offer before committing.
The Longhorns will get their chance to impress Adams, who was last on campus for one of Texas’ two June minicamps, when he returns to Austin for the Sept. 14 game against Ole Miss.
The biggest selling point for UT? Along with what he says are “probably the nicest facilities I’ve seen”, defensive backs coach Duane Akina’s track record for putting his players in the pros.
“Coach Akina’s doing a great job with the DBs,” Adams said. “They call it ‘DBU’. They put them all in the (NFL).”
Adams would be a welcomed addition to the Texas secondary. His versatility is obvious, as is his self-confidence. In a class loaded with very talented defensive backs, his aim is dead set on the top of the mountain.
“My individual goal is trying to be the best defensive back in Texas,” he said. He sits behind just Beaumont Ozen’s Tony Brown – the state’s No. 1 player overall – for the honor of top Texan DB.
The Longhorns will be able to roll out the red carpet for Adams in mid-September. But the pushed back announcement date will also give Adams a chance to watch a Texas defense that allowed points by the boatload in 2012. For the Horns to have a chance at beating out other blue-blood programs for five-star defenders, it must prove last year was an anomaly and not the new normal in Austin.
The Ole Miss weekend must go well for UT to finally hit payday in the loaded defensive back class, but arguably more important will be its play on the field leading up to Adams’ decision this fall.
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