There’s no secret that the state of Texas is loaded with talented defensive backs that will be graduating in 2014. The Lone Star State’s crop might be deeper than any other state.
Somewhere near the top of that list is safety Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron), who made his case for being one of the state’s best sophomore safeties at Texas’ first camp on Sunday.
A source that was at the camp said that Adams really opened some eyes, and Adams agrees.
“I think I did good,” the 6-foot, 185-pounder said. “I did good on my backpedal and the basics in my form as a DB. In 1-on-1s I had a little show out there that I put on. I had a lot at stake. I had to get better.”
In addition to reportedly running a 4.4 40-yard dash, Adams said he batted down a couple of balls on comeback routes and intercepted a jump ball.
“I also jammed a receiver pretty good he couldn’t get into his route,” he said.
It’s because of results like those that have led to scholarship offers from Baylor, Kentucky and West Virginia. The Bears extended their offer on Saturday.
“It’s just all the hard work I put in each and every day,” he said. “I don’t take a day off. I always work hard and am always studying film. I just want to improve.”
Adams will camp at Baylor later this week as well as at Texas A&M on Thursday. Both of those programs are going to find it difficult to impress him like Texas and secondary coach Duane Akina were able to over the weekend.
“I actually fell in love with Texas,” he said. “I like the way they treat you. The DB coach gives so much love to the DBs. Mack Brown is a good coach as well. All the early commitments showed up as well. I am very interested in them.
“[Akina] just showed much love to me. He taught me some details that I can take back home. He is just a real energetic guy and I just like the way he coaches. He just told me to keep working and keep my head on straight.”
Adams’ rave reviews from camp didn’t happen on a whim. He has shown in two years of high school ball that he can play with the best of them. Take, for instance, Hebron’s game against Allen late last season when he intercepted Alec Morris, who has signed with Alabama, and returned it 92-yards for a touchdown. It was one of four interceptions he had in 2011.