2014 4-star safety Jamal Adams is apparently getting some major interest from both sides of the Red River Rivalry, with both Texas and Oklahoma vying for the top spot on his interest list.
While it seems like either one of those two schools has the inside track towards recruiting the safety from Carrollton, Texas as part of their 2014 classes, there is one major powerhouse that may be able to sweep in and steal him away though: Alabama.
Of course, right?
The Crimson Tide boast the best program in the country and seem to be perennial BCS championship contenders, and according to quotes via Charles Power of 247Sports, Adams was extremely impressed by their huge win over Michigan last weekend:
Adams was impressed by the Crimson Tides’ play, particularly at defensive back.
"Oh man, it was just being aggressive and coming off the ball. They were aggressive on every snap on both offense and defense. They were just getting after Michigan. I was watching Robert Lester and (Dee) Milliner and just seeing how they played. They were being aggressive and made some big plays."
What are the chances Alabama can come in and sweep the talented safety away from Adams? I'd say they are pretty high.
Not only is Alabama always in the national title picture, but they play a style of defense that would make any safety want to play for them. They are constantly bringing pressure into the backfield in a variety of different ways, and with their talent up front, a player like Adams could have a field day meeting unblocked runners at the line of scrimmage.
Nick Saban and company could also just point to their former safety Mark Barron, who was taken with pick No. 7 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2012 NFL draft. Barron was an incredibly talented player, but he did benefit greatly from Alabama's defensive scheme. Frankly, all 'Bama defenders benefit from playing for the Crimson Tide.
Will Alabama Be Able To Steal Adams From the Big 12 Powers?
It's almost too good to pass up, and Adams was obviously taking note last weekend as Alabama's tenacious defense tore apart the Wolverines.
Performances like that have become expected from the Crimson Tide, and if they continue to dominate defensively, it's going to become easier and easier for Saban to pick off elite defensive recruits from other programs.
Oklahoma and Texas appear to be in the lead with Adams right now, but I'd watch out for Alabama to start making run to the top of his board.