When we think of LSU, we naturally think of Leonard Fournette. That's not bad, that's just what LSU has been known for this year. However, they aren't just a running back. LSU has several players that could make an impact, guys that we aren't necessarily familiar with being in the Big XII, like Jamal Adams.
Jamal Adams was a hot commodity in the recruiting class of 2014. He was a 5-star recruit out of Hebron HS in Carrolton, TX, and has lived up to his high ranking thus far. He's 6'1 210 lbs, making him the perfect size and height for a safety.
Adams was a freshman All-American in 2014 despite only appearing in LSU's nickel packages, and has definitely improved his game in 2015. He fits LSU's mold of incredibly aggressive defensive play like a glove. He plays aggressively, but it's always controlled aggression. He's one of the best run stopping safeties in the country, and we'll likely see him playing very close to the line of scrimmage to stop sweeps, screens, and RB flare routes.
If I had to compare Adams to another player, I'd say he compares well to former Tiger Tyrann Matheiu. The only difference between them I see in terms of how they play is that Adams plays a little bit safer than Matheiu did. Adams excels at dive-tackling methods, and takes great angles to the football. In fact, the best part of his game is without a doubt tackling angles. This allows him to be incredible in the open field. We'll see if it can translate to the Texas Bowl, as our guys are without a doubt some of the best in the nation in the open field. I wouldn't be surprised to see Adams shadowing Jakeem Grant or DeAndre Washington all game, depending on what LSU's defensive staff wants to do against our explosive offense.