Class of 2014 standout safety Jamal Adams is one of the top recruits in the nation. The hard-hitting Adams from Hebron High in Carrollton has scholarship offers from several big time programs around the country. With his senior season approaching, Adams has narrowed his list to five schools.
CLA had the chance to catch up with Adams to discuss the upcoming season, the recruiting process and his experience at The Opening in Beaverton last month.
Adams has started on varsity for the Hebron Hawks since his freshman year. After consecutive 6-5 campaigns, Adams expects big things from his squad this season.
"We went 6-5 last year, made the playoffs but we are looking better this year. We are gonna get this ring man," Adams told CLA Sports.
As a junior, Adams had five interceptions and compiled 80 tackles while making a significant impact in the return game. Adams embraces the leadership role for Hebron.
"I try not to put too much pressure on myself but I definitely try to help my team however I can," said Adams.
When it comes to recruiting, Adams has narrowed his focus.
"Texas A&M, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Texas and Florida. That's my top 5," Adams declared.
Adams shared his view of each program's appeal.
Ole Miss- "Love the campus, definitely a family atmosphere."
Florida- "Great defense. Coach Muschamp does a real good job."
Texas A&M- "My friend De'Vante Harris plays corner up there. He loves it up there."
Ohio State- "Two of my dudes Mike Mitchell and Dontre Wilson play there. Coach Urban Meyer has a record of great things."
Texas- "I'm cool with everyone down there and have gotten to learn from them."
CLA had the opportunity to see Adams measure his skills against the best high school football players in the country at The Opening. Adams shined and had the chance to bond with some top California recruits in the process.
"Joe (Mixon) and Adoree' (Jackson) those are my two dudes right there. Those guys are cool. Once we met, we were brothers" said Adams.
At The Opening, many of the players already committed did a solid job of recruiting uncommitted ballers like Adams to their respective schools.
"Most definitely. Everyone is trying to do that, play with guys they are cool with."
Adams has a distinct advantage in the recruiting game thanks to the wisdom provided by his father George, a standout running back at Kentucky and former first-round pick of the New York Giants in 1985.
"My dad used to play in the NFL so he really helps with recruiting. He's been through it, which really helps."
The wisdom has clearly rubbed off on Jamal, who has a clear understanding of the process that future recruits should take note of.
"Do not let them pressure you into making a decision. Take control of your recruiting and make a decision that's best for you," said Adams.
When it comes to the role of social media in the recruiting process, Adams advice is golden.
"Just be smart, don't do stupid stuff…would your mom want to see that on Twitter is the best way to put it," Adams stated.
Wherever Adams lands, CLA expects him to make an immediate impact at the next level.