Adams considers himself an SEC player

This past weekend Gainesville saw a number of top prospects come through town, including some out of state kids.

One of those prospects was Lewisville (Tx.) Hebron safety Jamal Adams who enjoyed his visit according to his dad.

“Overall the visit it turned out well,” George Adams said. “We had a great time and an opportunity to meet all of the coaches, not just the defensive backs coach or the head coach but to meet all of the coaches. Jamal had a chance to interact with some of the players and he really enjoyed it.”

Jamal’s father George played football for Kentucky and he had told his son about how the SEC facilities were and what to expect.

“He knew it was going to be a good visit,” Adams said. “I told him that SEC football is different than the other conferences. We saw an alligator at the swamp a baby one and he was excited about seeing that as well. They took us on a tour and we saw the campus and he saw those things hanging out the trees and I told him that’s why it’s a called the swamp.”

While on his visit the 6-foot, 199-pound Adams had the chance to sit down with Will Muschamp and defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin.

“We got the chance to sit down with coach Muschamp,” Adams said. “He was telling Jamal he was a good football player and he would have to be one here at Florida and that he would love to coach him. Jamal enjoyed meeting with coach Durkin and he got to meet some of the safeties, one of them was a freshman safety. He really enjoyed meeting them all.”

With Adams father playing in the SEC he has grown up hearing about how the SEC is a power conference and Adams sees himself as an SEC football player.

“He always says he’s an SEC football player because he’s an aggressive guy,” Adams said. “He’s not putting down the other conferences or anything but it takes a special guy to play in the SEC. He got that quote from me because I told him you have to be tough to play in the SEC. It’s stuck in his mind that he’s an SEC football player.”

Following the visit Adams wasn’t ready to put Florida above anyone else but his father just said that they are still evaluating everyone.

Some people may say that distance will play a factor in Adams’ decision and that was a question that Muschamp asked him personally this weekend.

“Coach Muschamp had him in his office and asked him if distance is a problem,” Adams said. “And Jamal looked at him and said “NO”. We as a family don’t have a problem with it either.”

The Adams family plans to return to Florida for an official visit when the Gators take on Florida State as Jamal wants his mom to see Florida.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.