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Monday, January 14, 2013
Dabo Swinney makes push for Adams

By Kipp Adams

ESPN 150 prospect Montravius Adams (Vienna, Ga./Dooly Co.) took his second official visit last weekend, traveling to Clemson. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound defensive lineman was first targeted by the Tigers more than 18 months ago, and they are considered one of the major contenders to get Adams as national signing day approaches.

Adams spoke well of his latest trip.

“The Clemson visit went pretty good,”Adams said. “I had a lot of fun and I think my momma really liked it.”

That his mother enjoyed the trip could be vital to the Tigers’ chances of adding the No. 13 prospect in the country, as Adams has said multiple times that her opinion is a big factor in his decision. The Clemson head coach made sure to make a solid impression on the coveted recruit’s mom.

“I think her favorite part was getting to know Coach Dabo Swinney a little more,” Adams said. “He told us he not only wants me to be a better football player at Clemson, but that he also wants me to be a better man and a better person there. That was my favorite part too.”

While there, Adams was able to meet former Clemson defensive back and NFL standout Brian Dawkins, who was honored over the weekend with a lifetime achievement award named after him. He also spend time with some possible future teammates.

“I got to meet Brian Dawkins, and that was great,” Adams said. “I also spent time with Sammy Watkins, Tajh Boyd, Andre Ellington, and I like them. They are all great players. That is what stood out to me about Clemson. They are all family-based.”

Another highly-regarded Peach State target was in town with Adams.

“I hung out with Carl Lawson some too while I was there, but he did not talk too much about recruiting,” Adams said. “I know he liked it there though.”

Up next for Adams is an official to Alabama, followed by a trip to Georgia. With only three weeks until signing day, all schools are even.

“I do not have any leaders and I do not plan on having one before I make my commitment on Signing Day, but I think Clemson is a great place to be,” Adams said.