Florida signed three safeties in the Class of 2013 and some fans might ask why the Gator’s staff be recruiting one in 2014 as well?
The Gators might not be looking for many, but one of their top targets at the position is Lewisville (Tx.) Hebron safety Jamal Adams who will visit Florida soon according to his father.
“Yes, we will be visiting Florida June 14th-16th,” George Adams (Jamal’s father) said. “Jamal wants to look at Florida because he has never been there before. I’ve been there before as a player with Kentucky but I have never seen everything either. It will be good for Jamal to see the players and coaches and to interact with them.”
Despite the 6-foot, 199-pound Adams being from Texas, he has a strong connection to Florida and one of their coaches.
“Coach (Joker) Phillips was best man in my wedding and he is Jamal’s godfather,” George Adams said. “But I’ve told Joker and he knows that Jamal has to like the school and can’t make the decision on just his relationship with coach Phillips. I think the big thing is Jamal would be interested in Florida even if coach Phillips wasn’t there.”
Not only does Adams talk to receiver coach Joker Phillips but he also talks to two other coaches frequently at Florida.
“He talks to coach (Travaris) Robinson and coach (Will) Muschamp,” George Adams said. “They tell him that he could come in and play the nickel his first year while he is learning everything at the safety position. I think that’s important for a young safety because everything is just so fast but Jamal wants to learn and he is a quick learner.”
The task of pulling a top prospect from Texas is always tough one but for Adams his father sees going away from home a positive.
“We are very comfortable with the distance factor,” George Adams said. “I was born in Lexington and didn’t go away to school but I think going away from home can help you grow up and be more responsible. Jamal is ok with moving away.”
On Friday the Adams family sat down and made a top 12 list of schools and also decided on when Adams would make his decision.
“We as a family decided to wait until the Army All-American game for Jamal to make his decision,” George Adams said. “His top 12 schools are Florida, Texas, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Texas Tech, Florida State, LSU, UCLA, USC and Oklahoma in no order.”