LSU made the announcement Friday morning. "After deep prayer and consideration. My family and I have agreed that I will prepare for the NFL draft," Adams said via Twitter.
Adams (6-feet-1, 213 pounds), a junior, has started for the Tigers since his freshman season in 2014. An NFL executive described Adams as a future top-10 draft choice in October, and he's drawn comparisons to the likes of former Pittsburgh Steelers star Troy Polamalu. In evaluating tape of three games from Adams' sophomore season, NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah noted Adams has the athleticism to cover slot receivers while still being physical enough to handle tight ends, and saw similarities between Adams and another former All-SEC safety: Eric Berry of the Kansas City Chiefs.
The deadline for underclassmen to apply for early draft eligibility is Jan. 16.
Adams has made a career-high 76 tackles for the Tigers this season, 7.5 of them for losses. In terms of ball production, he was at his best as a sophomore in 2015, making four of his five career interceptions with a career-high six breakups.