Adams: Teammate 1st, star recruit 2nd

CARROLLTON, Texas -- In a four-week span, Hebron High School has hosted 91 visitors from college football programs. All 91, in some capacity, have asked about ESPN 150 safety Jamal Adams.

And why not? Adams is one of the nation’s elite defensive backs. He is ranked No. 23 in the ESPN 150, and he’s the No. 2 player in Texas and the No. 3 safety in the country. Adams has close to 30 offers from coast to coast, and more are bound to come over the summer.

Not to mention, Adams is an all-around nice guy, a person of character. Someone who can be a player ambassador for a program. He’s also the definition of a team player -- which could be a reason why he has yet to name a top list of schools.

Ask Adams about a favorite, and he’s somewhat vague with his answer. One explanation could be because he’s taking his time in weighing his options. Another reason could be because he understands the recruiting process, particularly in the spring. Name favorites, and lose interest from schools. Lose interest, and give fewer schools a chance to see teammates in action.

“My teammates are important to me. They keep me working with the competitive aspect of everything,” Adams said. “You want to get better with your teammates, and you want to see them get offers, too.”

Adams’ play on the field makes him one of the most wanted safeties. However, it’s the ability to look out for his teammates -- and the jubilation he feels when one gets a big offer -- that makes him likable in the locker room and the consummate teammate.

“The kid’s getting all that attention; he could become a little selfish, but he wants to help his team win and help his teammates,” Hebron coach Brian Brazil said. “I told some colleges that when you’re a kid like him getting recruited by everyone in the country, and you’re all about buying into whatever he can do to win and not about who all has offered, that’s what he’s about. He’s about what he can do to be better next year and make the team better.”

Adams in three varsity seasons has been impressive. He’s recorded 178 tackles and nine interceptions, 63 of those tackles and three of those picks coming this past season. Most recently, Adams earned and accepted an invitation to next month’s The Opening after a solid showing at April’s Nike Football Training Camp in Allen, Texas.