Tide eyeing Adams

Jamal Adams, a rising junior safety out of Lewisville (Texas) Hebron, attended Alabama camp this summer and is eagerly awaiting an offer from Nick Saban and Co. And it could come soon, as the Tide have a lot of interest in Adams, who will likely be one of the state of Texas' top defensive backs by the time 2014 rankings come out.

Keep an eye out for Jamal Adams.

A rising junior, Adams, who is a safety out of Lewisville (Texas) Hebron, already holds six offers and more are coming.

Texas and Alabama have been recruiting Adams very heavily as of late and although the two power programs haven't extended offers yet, they're in the works.

"I went down to Alabama two weeks ago and talked to Coach [Nick] Saban and he said they're really interested in me," said Adams, who participated in a Crimson Tide camp this summer. "Hopefully, like Texas said, [Alabama] will give me an offer on junior day."

Adams—who holds offers from Baylor, Kentucky, Nebraska, Notre Dame, TCU and West Virginia—is being recruited by Tide wide receivers coach Mike Groh. (Defensive backs coach Duane Akina is recruiting him on behalf of the Longhorns. Akina has compared Adams to former Texas great and current San Diego Charger Quentin Jammer.)

Right now Adams says he has no leader. He's waiting to see what happens with Texas and Alabama.

"I've always liked Alabama because I've always liked SEC football," he said. "I was brought up to like the SEC."

Though Adams technically lives in Big 12 country, his father, George Adams, was a running back for Kentucky in the early 80s. He later played for Bill Parcells and the New York Giants.

Adams plays safety, but his physicality and competitiveness could allow him to play cornerback. He could actually even become the state of Texas' top defensive back once the 2014 rankings come out.

Adams stands at 6-1, 195 and is still growing.

He competed in several 7-on-7 tournaments this summer and is now waiting for high school two-a-days to start in a couple weeks. He said his team's goals for the upcoming season are to win a state championship and lead the district in all offensive and defensive categories, and his individual goals are to have "10 picks, over 70 solo tackles and 50 or more assisted tackles."

When Adams took part in Alabama's camp a couple weeks ago, he also made time to go on a campus tour, see the dorms and check out Tuscaloosa.

He said he was most impressed by things off the field.

"[The school's] academics shocked me," he said. "They take academics really seriously."

Adams said at camp that he excelled at "man-to-man and covering and picking up the things they were trying to teach us."

The best part of camp, of course, was meeting Saban.

"He's one of the best coaches in college football and I was just blessed to have that experience," he said.

Adams said meeting Saban was "kind of shocking at first…I was like, ‘I'm really talking to Coach Saban.' I got to know him and hopefully I'll get to know him a little bit more."

Asked if he learned anything from Saban while at the camp, Adams said the coach taught him how they run their corners at Alabama.

"It's a little different from how I train, but I learned some different techniques," Adams said.

He also mentioned that the coaches gave him several compliments and told him they see him at their hybrid "star" position.

"They said I have really good hips, good coverage skills and could play all over the secondary," he said.

After a long summer of 100-degree tournaments and camps, Adams has seen enough to determine what was different—and better—about Alabama's camp.

"The intensity," he said. "That was the main thing."

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