Signing Day Capsule: Jamal Adams

LSU has received a National Letter of Intent from S Jamal Adams. The five-star prospect is officially a Tiger.

LSU first got involved with Jamal Adams during the spring after his junior year, but the Tigers didn't pick up much early momentum. In fact, when Adams announced his first set of four finalists — Texas, Florida, Ole Miss and Texas A&M — LSU didn't even make the cut. But the Tigers never took their foot off the gas pedal and eventually got him to take an unofficial visit to Baton Rouge for the regular season finale against Arkansas. Adams enjoyed himself so much that he agreed to return the next weekend for his fifth and final official visit.

Adams returned, accompanied by close friend and LSU commit Edward Paris, who spent the entire weekend selling him on what the Tigers had to offer. But even though LSU felt it had made major strides, most still believed that Texas and Florida had the edge, with the Gators in particular feeling confident considering Adams' godfather, Joker Phillips, was the wide receivers coach in Gainesville.

But LSU didn't let that get in the way, selling Adams on the stability of the coaching staff, something that neither Texas nor Florida could offer at the time. Then one month after his official to Baton Rouge, Adams made it official by committing to the Tigers during the Under-Armour All-American Game on Jan. 2.

Pulling Adams out of Dallas was a major steal for the Tigers as they secured a commitment from the nation's No. 1 safety. Adams is a true ballhawk in the defensive backfield and should fit in nicely as a free safety. He has tremendous closing speed and the mental awareness to serve as a leader in the secondary, something LSU has lacked since Eric Reid left in 2012. With the safety position seeming wide-open for the 2014 season, Adams certainly has the potential to compete for playing time as soon as he steps foot on campus.


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