"They said we were in the hardest bracket," Jamal Adams said. "So hey, whatever they throw at us, we're going to take advantage of it."
Adams is known largely for his competitive streak, and he said he preferred being in a tougher pool.
I don't like it easy," Adams said. "I want it to be competition. Competing hard, that's how you get the best out of yourself."
In Hebron's first game, he went up against another one of the state's top defensive backs in Houston Lamar's John Bonney. Lamar won the game, though Adams got the better of their one-on-one matchup.
"He did pretty good," Adams said. "I scored on him a couple of times. But we definitely were going at it."
But while Adams is competitive, he doesn't come into an event feeling like he has something to prove individually.
"The scouts and reporters, they can say what they want to say," Adams said. "But I just come out here to compete hard with my teammates. I'm really just trying to win. That's the only thing to me: winning."
And winning will be a part of whichever program he chooses. Adams said he's taking his time with his recruitment, and said he hasn't narrowed things down beyond his six-school list.
Originally planning to make his decision in August, Adams said he plans to take five official visits — Texas, Florida, Ohio State, UCLA and Ole Miss. He said he wants to visit Texas for the Ole Miss game, Florida for the Florida State game, Ohio State for the Penn State game, UCLA for the Cal contest and said he isn't sure which game he will catch at Ole Miss.