Jamal Adams has an excellent chance to be a special safety. He is a 6'0", 199-pounder who lacks a glaring weakness. Adams, who plays for Hebron High School in Texas, displays wonderful speed, instincts, strength and quickness.
A coveted recruit, Adams recently revealed a list of six schools he is seriously considering, according to Greg Powers of Scout.com. One of the six will sign this amazing safety who has the potential to play in the NFL.
All six schools are good programs. He will have to weigh the pros and cons of each school and make the best decision for himself.
He could choose to play for a powerful SEC program with which he has a special connection, or choose to wear a golden helmet. Adams also will need to decide if he wants to stay in Texas, and if so, which Lone Star State juggernaut is the best fit for him.
Ole Miss is an upstart program that signed a great recruiting class in 2013. Jamal Adams would be able to play as a true freshman and he would be a part of a young talented squad in Oxford.
The Rebels would be able to pair him with 2013 signee Antonio Conner, and the two could grow into a lethal combination at free and strong safety.
Ole Miss would allow Adams the chance to play in the SEC, which is the best conference in the country. He could help turn around the Rebels.
Ole Miss has raised its stature under Hugh Freeze, but Alabama, Florida, LSU and Texas A&M are still above it in the SEC pecking order.
Adams could put himself in a better position to win if he chose several other programs on his list.
Notre Dame gives Adams a great opportunity to attend a university with great academics and play in big games. The Irish have outstanding tradition, as they are one of the most storied sports teams in the world.
Brian Kelly is a great coach who has blended Notre Dame's tradition with modern ideas. Adams would play at Notre Dame Stadium, which is one of the most historical fields in sports.
A degree from Notre Dame would be a great tool to possess once Adams' playing days are over.
He could form a great tandem at safety with 2013 signee Max Redfield.
The Irish are an independent program, so accolades are harder to come by for players since they can't earn All-Conference honors.
The weather in South Bend is not ideal for a young person who is from Texas.
Also, Kelly could jump to the NFL before Adams' Irish career is done.
Urban Meyer is the head coach of the Buckeyes, and he is a proven winner. Signing with Meyer would virtually guarantee that Adams would play in several BCS games during his college career.
Meyer has stocked the roster with SEC-caliber talent and speed. Adams would be challenged in practice by his talented teammates, as well as in games.
The Buckeyes signed a great class of defensive backs in 2013, so Adams would be surrounded with other talented players in the secondary.
Ohio State also has great tradition.
The Buckeyes signed Vonn Bell in 2013, and defensive back Cam Burrows can also play safety, so Adams could find himself behind several talented safeties on the depth chart.
Columbus, also, does not have good weather in the fall and winter.
Signing with the Aggies would keep Adams close to home, as College Station is only slightly more than a three-hour drive from Carrollton, Texas. But the great advantage Texas A&M possesses is its SEC membership.
The opportunity for Adams to stay in his state, while still being able to compete in the best conference in the country can not be offered by any other program.
Kevin Sumlin runs a great passing offense, so Adams would receive significant reps in practice. The Aggies are one of the hottest schools on the recruiting trail and have signed two straight great recruiting classes.
Adams could have a chance to contribute as a true freshman and be part of a young defense full of talented players. Texas A&M also has a passionate fanbase, as its gameday atmosphere is electric.
The Aggies play in the same division as Alabama and LSU, which makes it tough to get to the SEC title game.
Adams has to decide if staying close to home is best for him.
The Longhorns are one the top programs in college football. and Mack Brown makes all of his players feel comfortable in Austin.
Texas has produced several great defensive backs, including NFL players such Kenny Vaccaro and Aaron Ross, among others. The facilities in Austin are outstanding, and the city is great for young adults.
Texas is still a great program, but it is no longer dominant. The Longhorns have not won a Big 12 title since 2009.
Mack Brown could retire before Adams graduates.
Adams has special ties to the Gators, as receivers coach Joker Phillips is his godfather, according to a story by Andrew Spivey of GatorCountry.com. Having the option to play with someone who is essentially part of his family is attractive to Adams.
Florida also is one the elite programs in the country. The Gators are a recruiting juggernaut. They challenge annually for SEC titles and have an intense fanbase.
Head coach Will Muschamp is one of the best defensive minds in the country, and the opportunity to play with 2013 signee Vernon Hargreaves III—who is a special cornerback prospect—makes Florida an exceptional option for Adams.
Florida has a talented roster, so Adams will be challenged to climb the depth chart. Muschamp is a demanding coach, as he is not afraid to raise his voice and harshly critique his players.
Adams will be far from home, and he also must decide if he wants to put his body through the physical rigors of SEC football.