Which Powerhouse Programs Hold Edge in 5-Star Jamal Adams' Top 6?

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIJune 13, 2013

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

The good news for Notre Dame, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Texas and Texas A&M is that they all made it into 5-star safety Jamal Adams' top six.

The bad news? So did Florida.

Adams took to Twitter to announce his new top six:

Damon Sayles of ESPN reports on why Adams put each of those schools in his top six:

Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron) said all six schools had the same thing in common—tradition and comfort. 

“I know it’ll be a great four years I can spend there,” Adams said. “Everything is laid out for me, from the academics to playing for a possible national championship.” 

While that's all great for the Fighting Irish, Buckeyes, Rebels, Longhorns and Aggies, here's a tidbit of information that may end up giving the Gators a huge edge in this recruiting race.

According to Sayles' report, Adams will be visiting Florida this weekend, a place where he has a pretty good connection:

Adams said he isn’t sure when he will announce the next cut. For now, his focus is on this weekend. Adams and his father, former NFL first-round pick George Adams, will take in Florida to see all that Gainesville has to offer. Adams also looks forward to spending some time with receivers coach Joker Phillips, who is his godfather. 

“You’ve got to love the history there,” Adams said of Florida. “There’s a history of winning championships. I have a great relationship with Coach T-Rob (secondary coach Travaris Robinson) and also with Coach [Will] Muschamp. It should be a lot of fun."

Having an affinity for a school is one thing. Having your godfather coach the wide receivers is something completely different,  though. Add onto that his reported "great" relationships with Robinson and Muschamp, and it looks like the Gators have a ton going for them moving forward.

Does that mean Florida's a lock?

Absolutely not.

The recruiting trail is filled with surprises, and even the most connected recruits can choose to go to a program where they have no affiliations.

Also, Adams said that Notre Dame wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr. is "like a brother" to him, per Sayles, so it's not as if Florida is the only program with a connection that could help them recruit the 5-star.

It will also be tough to out-recruit Urban Meyer, Mack Brown and two red hot recruiting programs in Ole Miss and Texas A&M.

Florida's defense is setting up to be elite in the next few seasons, though, and Will Muschamp has done a great job in regard to recruiting marquee defensive players.

Adams is the No. 3 safety in the 2014 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, so he would certainly fit right in with the Gators.