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Thursday, January 2, 2014
Scout's take: LSU lands elite safety

By Tom Luginbill


ESPN 300 safety Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron) committed to LSU on Thursday at the Under Armour All-America Game. The nation's No. 23 overall prospect and No. 3 safety gives LSU another crucial commitment in a perennially dominant secondary.

How will Adams fit in defensive coordinator John Chavis’ defense? Let’s break it down:

What he brings: Adams is a physical ball hawk at the safety position who brings great size, range and closing burst to the position. He plays with great intensity and has a well-rounded skill set, showing the strength to play stout down in the box and the athleticism to open his hips and make plays in deep-zone coverage. Aside from his great range and physicality, Adams possesses a lot of intangibles at the position -- such as leadership, competitiveness and football savvy -- that should allow him to achieve great success at the next level.

How he fits: Chavis has a high-impact safety coming to Baton Rouge. Adams should fit well in the Tigers’ Cover 2 and general zone schemes, where he can close on the ball in front of him. He has some similar qualities to current LSU safety Craig Loston. The Tigers are active with their safeties in both run support and coverage schemes, and Adams has the versatile skill set and sound fundamentals to produce early and make his presence known in all three phases of the defense.

Reminds us of: Baylor safety Ahmad Dixon. Adams has similar size and athleticism at this stage of his career, and the same fast and physical playing style.

How LSU's class is shaping up: This is a class that will now have 13 ESPN 300 prospects out of its 17 commits. The Tigers have loaded up in the back seven with big, physical athletes who should help LSU remain one of the better SEC defenses.