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SEC Recruiting Notebook: Texas Star Has Eyes On The SEC

sec-recruiting-notebook-gfxDefensive back Jamal Adams from Hebron High School in Lewisville, Texas, knows plenty about the Big 12.

That’s one reason he’s anxious to visit some schools in the SEC.

Adams has offers from programs around the country, including Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M.

Adams, who’s already visited Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas, told the Dallas Morning News his next visit will be to Texas A&M.

“I’m excited about heading down to Texas A&M,” he said. “They are definitely on the rise. Coach (Kevin) Sumlin is getting them right down there. Johnny Manziel is doing a great job of leading the team too. I’ve been to pretty much all of the Big 12 so I want to see something different. I want to see what the SEC is all about.”

Adams is only the latest prospect from Texas to show a strong interest in the SEC. It’s an interest that has increased in the last year thanks to Texas A&M’s arrival and early success in the league.

That doesn’t mean schools like Oklahoma and Texas will no longer be able to recruit in their own backyard. They’ll have plenty of success there in the future. But they’ll also have to deal with recruits showing more interest in the SEC.

An example: Gilmer, Texas, wide receiver Josh Walker, a Texas A&M commitment who last month told Sporting News that the Aggies have jumped Texas in the eyes of many recruits.

“I do think A&M has become sexier than Texas because of the fact that they’re the only SEC team in Texas and a lot of athletes want to play in the pre-NFL conference,” Walker told Sporting News.

The next two Texas A&M prospects to watch: linebacker Otaro Alaka from Houston and defensive end Jarrett Johnson from Katy, Texas. Both prospects were in attendance at Texas A&M’s Friday Night Lights last week and came away impressed by the Aggies.

Alaka will likely be the first of the two to announce his decision. He’s scheduled to make his commitment on Monday.

“I have a tough decision to make,” Alaka told

Texas A&M has made Johnson’s decision more difficult. He was favoring Texas before his visit to Texas A&M last week. Now, the Aggies appear to have the edge.

“I feel like I was more impressed by what I saw and I felt more into the game by being allowed on the sideline the entire scrimmage,” Johnson told Rivals. “I was down there before they started (at Texas) but then we were sent to the stands.”

And so the battle continues.


Florida flips Clemson running back

Florida received good news last weekend when running back Dalvin Cook from Miami Central High School decided to switch his commitment from Clemson to the Gators. 

Cook told he had already been considering the move before he attended Florida’s spring game last weekend.

“Coach (Will Muschamp) told me they are going to give the back the ball and they really proved that,” Cook said. “They gave the back the ball, they gave KT (Kelvin Taylor) the ball a lot. I liked that. I actually saw them get after it. It was great seeing that. Coach told me that they didn’t have the type of back that I am and that I could come in and be that guy.”

Cook’s right. The two running backs Florida signed in 2013 (Taylor and Adam Lane) are bigger, more powerful running backs. Cook (5-11, 195) should be a nice compliment to them when he joins the Gators’ offense in 2014.

Cook’s commitment is also a nice win for Florida against Clemson, which has recruited the state of Florida with great success. Of course, Cook could always change his mind. He’s hinted at the idea of visiting Southern California, although that trip appears less likely now.

“Probably not,” he said of the USC trip. “I’m pretty firm in my decision. I’m going to Florida.”


Tennessee looking for tight ends

Tennessee received its eighth commitment for the 2014 class on Wednesday from tight end Ethan Wolf from Minster (Ohio) High School.

Wolf committed to the Vols after making a return trip to Knoxville this week. Wolf told his decision was influenced by his strong relationship with Tennessee coach Butch Jones.

“First and foremost, I truly felt like a priority with the staff and someone that they really wanted to grow around,” Wolf told Volquest. “The coaching staff is first class and the facilities are fantastic.”

Tennessee isn’t done pursuing tight ends in the 2014 class. The Vols signed only one high school tight end in the 2013 class – A.J. Branisel from South Euclid, Ohio.

Another 2014 tight end to watch for Tennessee is Daniel Helm from Chatham, Ill. He recently released a top four that includes the Vols, Florida, Ole Miss and Michigan.


Florida, Kentucky make basketball standout’s cut

Forward Stanley Johnson from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., announced a list of seven schools he’s most strongly considering.


Johnson is the No. 12 prospect in the 2014 class, according to Rivals. He will certainly be a big priority for the two new coaches at UCLA and USC, both of whom have stressed the importance of recruiting the top players in the state of California.

Of course, a big focus for Kentucky remains on 2013 forward Andrew Wiggins, who is also considering Florida State, Kansas and North Carolina.

But Kentucky’s hope of landing Wiggins appears to be slim. Six analysts recently predicted Wiggins’ choice for ESPN Insider and none of them selected Kentucky.

The Wildcats did find help in their back court this week when Dominique Hawkins from Madison Central High School in Richmond, Ky., gave his pledge to Kentucky.



According to Rivals and 247Sports, Otaro Alaka committed to the t-sips this past Monday.


@MrSEC Just a heads up, the Ag recruit's name is Josh Walker...not Malone.


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