Sunday, January 27, 2013
Montravius Adams talks leaders, decision
By Kipp Adams
ATHENS, Ga. -- The official visit for Montravius Adams (Vienna, Ga./Dooly Co.) to UGA was an important one, not only to the Bulldogs hoping to sign the ESPN 150 defensive tackle, but also to the 6-foot-3, 300-pound prospect.
It was Adams' first opportunity to spend an extended amount of time with new defensive line coach Chris Wilson, who was hired away from Mississippi State earlier this month. Following his trip, Adams said the two hit it off.
“I like Coach Wilson and I think he is a real good dude,” Adams said. “I was with him the whole weekend. We are getting this bond, not only as a coach, but as a friend. I think he could be a good guy, and I could see myself playing for him.”
Hosting Adams over the weekend was another defensive lineman from rural Georgia.
“I hung out with John Taylor, and he is a cool dude,” Adams said. “I think he will be a good player next year. I did not realize how big he was until we were getting ready to go out and he went to grab his coat.”
The No. 2 defensive tackle prospect in the country said his favorite part of his time on campus at Georgia had little to do with the game of football.
“I liked meeting Dr. Gary Green at Georgia,” Adams said. “He is probably the best academic advisor of any college I have been to.”
That is not to say there was not plenty of time at Georgia spent discussing his future on the gridiron.
“Me and coach [Todd] Grantham watched some of my film and Georgia’s film,” Adams said. “Coach Grantham showed me what I would be doing. Sometimes I play stand up and play outside and inside linebacker, sometimes I play standup at defensive end, some at nose, and at three-technique, so I would be doing pretty much the same at Georgia. Also they want me to play goal-line fullback here, too.”
Mark Richt also spent time with Adams, who said Richt will return for his in-home visit on Tuesday. Adams’ mother, Debbie Young, also made the trip to Georgia, but the two have yet to discuss the visit in detail.
“I have not spoken to my mom about it to see how she felt about it,” Adams said. “I know she likes it here from when we visited here before. I know the coaches were telling her anything and everything to try and get me here. She has given me her blessing to go wherever to play ball.”
Georgia is battling Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and Florida for the four-star defensive lineman. Last weekend saw Adams take an official to Tuscaloosa, Ala. to check out the national champions.
“The Alabama visit was good,” Adams said. “I got to hang out with all of the coaches and everybody. I got closer to them and was able to build a closer relationship with everyone.”
The consensus has been over the past few months that a two-team race has developed for Adams between Clemson and Georgia. He did not deny his high interest in the Tigers, who offered Adams more than six months before any other program.
“I like Clemson and always have,” Adams said. “I love to be there, I love the coaches and the people. It is just a family atmosphere and I could see myself being there. I just love Clemson.”
According to Adams, he is not sure yet where he wants to go, although he sometimes changes in his mind on a daily basis.
“I do not have any leaders,” Adams said. “I have enjoyed all of my visits, and they have each had their own differences. I have not made a decision nor do I know completely where I want to go. I have some thoughts sometimes and then it changes a day later. I will make my final decision on signing day.”
Adams is set to take one final official visit to Auburn on Feb. 1, where former Bulldogs’ defensive line coach Rodney Garner is now on staff. The Tigers were considered one of the frontrunners for Adams heading into last fall, but dropped down the list after a 3-9 season and the dismissal of the coaching staff.