Jamal Adams, a 5-star safety from Carrollton, Texas, has released his top 12, and there are plenty of marquee schools that have made the cut.
Damon Sayles of ESPN.com (subscription required) reports Adams' new interest list:
Friday afternoon, Adams opened up and announced the schools that have made his first cut. Those schools in alphabetical order: Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA and USC.
“It was really hard,” Adams said of narrowing down a list of nearly 30 offers. “The hardest [part] is telling coaches you’re not interested.”
Notable programs that have offered Adams that aren't on this list include Notre Dame, Michigan, Oregon, Nebraska and Stanford, according to 247Sports.com.
Sayles reports that Adams' next move will be cutting the list in half, and that should happen sometime during the 2013 season.
He's taken a number of unofficial visits to Texas—his 247Sports timeline records five visits—so look for the Longhorns to remain a major option for Adams. That said, he's also visited Texas A&M and Oklahoma twice each.
Overall, with coaches like Urban Meyer, Will Muschamp, Kevin Sumlin, Hugh Freeze, Bob Stoops, Jimbo Fisher, Les Miles, Mack Brown, Jim Mora, Lane Kiffin, Kliff Kingsbury and Bret Bielema all vying for Adams' commitment, this should be one of the more interesting recruiting races to watch in the 2014 cycle.