Four-star recruit Jamal Adams is one of the bigger names in the 2014 recruiting class and he has the potential to be a very good safety, so Kevin Sumlin and the Texas A&M Aggies are going to want to do everything they can to stay on his radar.
With a recruit as talented as Adams, standing out is the key to finding success on the recruiting trail.
Thankfully for the Aggies, they've developed quite a reputation for standing out over the past year. Fletcher Whitely of AggieYell.com reports that Texas A&M has been strongly recruiting Adams:
One of the schools recruiting Adams the hardest is nearby Texas A&M, which he said is in touch frequently.
"I talked to coach Yates last weekend," he said. "They have been recruiting me pretty hard and I plan on taking a visit to A&M soon."
When exactly that visit will come is still up in the air, but Adams hopes he can be in College Station April 13 for the Aggies' spring game.
"I would like to go to the spring game there. I don't know yet if I can make it, but I will for sure try to visit A&M soon," he said.
This is big news for Texas A&M considering the fact that Adams has all the potential to be a star defender at the college level.
He's 6'0'', 185 pounds and is ranked as the No. 5 safety in the 2014 class according to the 247Sports Composite. Almost more important is the fact that the 247Sports Composite Rankings list him as the No. 6 overall player from Texas though.
In-state recruiting is crucial, especially at this crossroad for Texas A&M football. The Aggies have a legitimate chance to completely eclipse the Texas Longhorns in regards to in-state recruiting. If Texas A&M can have two elite recruiting years in a row, that would go a long ways toward establishing the Aggies as the new marquee program in the state of Texas.
Consistency is everything, as is the ability to sustain momentum.
Standing out shouldn't be too hard for the Aggies.
If Johnny Manziel preforms anything near the expectations in 2013, Texas A&M will once again be one of the more hyped up programs in the nation. That will without a doubt translate on the recruiting trail.
A&M needs to take that next step though and go from being an exciting team to a legitimate contender. The only way to do that is to beat the big teams in the SEC. Last season's win over Alabama was huge for the Aggies, but they need to repeat it again this year, as well as find success over Auburn, Ole Miss and LSU.
Playing in the SEC championship game should be a realistic expectation for the Aggies in 2013, and if they can do that, it would make a huge statement with recruits like Adams.
It's also worth noting the fact that Adams is from Carrollton, Texas, which is about just over three hours from College Station. The Aggies should have an advantage being located relatively close to where he lives, and that should make life easier for Sumlin and his staff.
All Adams has to do is drive a few hours to check the campus out, and that could end up being a huge pitch for Texas A&M. He'll be closer to his family and friends, and it would be much easier for them to watch him come and play.
Texas A&M is obviously on Adams' radar.
Staying on the radar will be key for the Aggies though, but they're in a good position to do so.