Oregon Ducks: Montravius Adams

Oregon recruiting: Quick hitters 

December, 18, 2012
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Monday brought the quiet period, which leads to a dead period that starts tomorrow, during which coaches are not allowed to contact recruits until Jan. 4. Once the dead period ends, expect to see a flurry of activity on the recruiting trail leading up to national signing day. Many recruits will make January visits and many commitments will be made at all-star events across the country.

Speaking of all-star events, ESPN 150 LB's Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett) and Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood) are expected to announce their decisions at the Under Armour All-American Game on Jan. 4. What that means for the Ducks is that unless they can convince one of them to commit without ever visiting Eugene, they'll be looking elsewhere to fill the final one or two LB spots. The Ducks are set to host two of their other targets when UCLA commit Myles Jack (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue) and the recently offered Zach Cunningham (Pinson, Ala./Pinson Valley) visit Oregon on Feb. 2 and Jan. 18, respectively.

ATH Danny Mattingly (Spokane, Wash./Mead) was on campus over the weekend and could potentially take one of the remaining spots at LB or TE. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Mattingly might be better suited for the offensive side of the ball and should he choose to sign with the Ducks, he would likely get a shot at tight end. After decommitting from Notre Dame recently, Mattingly has visited UCLA, Arizona State and Oregon, with a visit to Washington likely to come in January. The Bruins, Huskies and Ducks will likely make up his finalists, and any of the three would be thrilled to land the versatile athlete.
Coming off three straight recruiting classes that have loaded Oregon roster with talent and an undefeated season so far, the Ducks are in prime position to close the 2013 recruiting cycle with a bang.

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Erik McKinney/ESPN.comAnother great season for Oregon has the Ducks primed to take advantage come signing day, when they hope to ink former USC commit Max Redfield.
Since Chip Kelly's arrival in 2007, Oregon recruiting has taken things to a whole new level. Three consecutive league titles -- and the subsequent BCS appearances -- have helped place the Ducks in the midst of recruiting battles with some of the top programs nationwide. They way they have dismantled every opponent this season has them squarely in the sights of several top prospects from across the country.

While Kelly has built his program by turning unheralded and under-the-radar prospects like Marcus Mariota and Kenjon Barner into stars, he has shown an ability to battle the big boys for top recruits. In each of the past two years, the Ducks have used late pushes to sign California's top prospects -- De'Anthony Thomas and Arik Armstead -- away from USC.

Despite an upset loss to Stanford, the Ducks have had another outstanding year, putting Oregon in position to close strong yet again. The Ducks currently have the nation's No. 23 recruiting class but are still in the mix for several ESPN 150 recruits, including Georgia's Montravius Adams, California's Max Redfield and Florida's Leon McQuay III. Redfield decommitted from USC in early November and is now considering Washington and LSU in addition to the Ducks.

Kelly's crew hung historic numbers on USC (62 points, 730 yards) in front more than a dozen elite 2013 and 2014 recruits. The long-term results remain to be seen, but the immediate reaction of recruits seem to signal that Oregon's Pac-12 dominance is starting to gain traction with recruits in Southern California. Not only did Redfield decommit from the Trojans the day after USC's loss, but several Los Angeles-area prospects from the Class of 2014 came away in awe of what the Ducks accomplished.


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#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 16

November, 16, 2012
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Alvin Kamara, Derrick GreenESPN.comUncommitted 2013 running backs Alvin Kamara and Derrick Green.

ESPN 100 running backs Alvin Kamara and Derrick Green can score from anywhere on the field thanks to their breakaway speed, an attribute that makes them very attractive recruits to the Oregon Ducks. Oregon's pursuit of the duo headlines this week’s #BlueChipBattles. Insider

Click through for our list to rank the top 10 recruiting battlesInsider.

#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 9

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Max Redfield, Leon McQuayTom Hauck for ESPN.comMax Redfield is out at USC -- is Leon McQuay in?
Think USC was left reeling after Max Redfield (left) decommitted this week? Not really. The Trojans appear to be zeroing in on Leon McQuay III (right). And then there's the nation’s No. 1 recruit, Robert Nkemdiche, who decommitted Thursday. It's an open market in this week’s #BlueChipBattles Insider.

You can also rank the battles this week in SportsNation.

DT Montravius Adams' mother likes UGA 

November, 4, 2012
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ESPN 150 defensive lineman Montravius Adams (Vienna, Ga./Dooly County) was in Athens on Saturday for his second Georgia game this season. But unlike the unofficial visit for the Tennessee matchup in September, Adams brought a special guest with him for the game against Ole Miss: his mother.

Adams has acknowledged that his mother, Debbie Young, will be a key influence on his decision. A single mother, Young works long hours so that she can take care of Adams and his sisters. Upon his return, Adams said the visit made a good impression – on both of them.

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#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 2

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RecruitingNation has summoned its writers from around the country to compile a list of the top 10 battles for elite football recruits Insider leading up to February's signing day. We'll update our rankings periodically to reflect a change in a player's status (i.e., new offers, trimmed-down list or a positive/negative official visit).

Our writers have debated the list for weeks, but we value your input as well. Voice your opinion on Twitter (@RecruitingESPN) using#BlueChipBattles or vote for which player should hold the No. 1 spot on Facebook.

Montravius Adams OK with 3-4 setup 

October, 28, 2012
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COLUMBUS, Ga. -- After defeating Columbus (Ga.) Pacelli 47-14 on Friday, ESPN 150 prospect Montravius Adams (Vienna, Ga./Dooly County) admitted that at the moment, he felt more comfortable in a 4-3 defense than a 3-4. Two programs in pursuit of Adams -- Alabama and Georgia -- run a 3-4 base defense, and another -- Florida -- also utilizes three-man defensive lines quite often. On Saturday, Adams was in Tuscaloosa, where the Crimson Tide staff made sure to showcase their plans to use him.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comMontravius Adams visited Alabama for its victory over Mississippi State on Saturday.
“Coach [Nick] Saban and Coach Rumph told me they want to use me like Marcell Dareus and keep me on the outside,” Adams said. “Seeing them play and thinking about that made me think more about the 3-4, because a lot of teams in the NFL use that. Alabama is still pretty high on my list. As long as I am able to make a lot of plays, it does not matter what scheme I play in.”

Adams arrived at Alabama at about 1 p.m. on Saturday and immediately went to speak with head coach Nick Saban in his office. He then spent some time with assistants Jeremy Pruitt and Chris Rumph, toured the campus and headed to Bryant-Denny Stadium to watch the Tide take on Mississippi State. During pregame warmups, something on the field caught the eye of Adams.

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Ducks recruiting mailbag 

October, 12, 2012
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It's that time again. The Ducks have a bye this week, so it's time to dig through the Oregon recruiting mailbag and see what's on your mind.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comCould ESPN 150 safety Leon McQuay III find himself with the Ducks?
Ruben G. (Hillsboro, Ore.):
What is going on with the Ducks' defensive line recruiting? Haven't heard hardly any news about a position that has always been tough for them.

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Oregon in some #BlueChipBattles

October, 5, 2012
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RecruitingNation has summoned its writers from around the country to compile a list of the top 10 battles for elite football recruits leading up to February's signing day.

The Ducks, of course, are in several battles to complete their class. Receiver Ricky Seals-Jones (Sealy, Texas/Sealy) is looking at Oregon, as are cornerback Mackensie Alexander (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee), receiver Robert Foster (Monaca, Pa./Central Valley) and defensive tackle Montravius Adams (Vienna, Ga./Dooly County). None of these recruits are in the Ducks' region, but Oregon can make some inroads.

Read more about the #BlueChipBattles Insider for the 2013 signing classes.

What's left for the Ducks? 

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Tyree Robinson, Tyrell RobinsonBlair Angulo/WeAreSC.comAfter getting commitments from Tyree Robinson (left) and Tyrell Robinson recently, expect Oregon to devote most of its remaining 2013 recruiting resources to defense.
After snaring commitments from twin brothers Tyrell Robinson and Tyree Robinson (San Diego, Calif./Lincoln) last week, the Oregon Ducks now have 11 verbal commitments for the class of 2013.

With a roster full of young talent, the Ducks will likely only sign 17-19 players in February.

Even if both twins wind up on defense, the Ducks' class is still heavy on offensive prospects. Of the remaining spots, expect two-thirds of them to be filled with players that will likely wind up on defense.

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Oregon recruiting: Quick hitters 

October, 2, 2012
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After landing two of their top targets last week, the Oregon Ducks hit the road for their first road game of the year.

They return home this week to face their heated rival, the Washington Huskies. Not only will the Ducks be looking to improve to 6-0 on the year, they are also looking to run their streak to a series-record nine straight wins against the Huskies.

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Radi Nabulsi/ESPN.comTucker, Ga., athlete Juwaan Williams will be one of several prospects officially visiting Oregon this upcoming weekend.
Any time the Ducks face the Huskies it's a big deal, but this season it could also turn into the biggest recruiting weekend of the year for Oregon.

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Montravius Adams likes Dawgs' tradition 

September, 30, 2012
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Getting ESPN 150 prospect Montravius Adams (Vienna, Ga./Dooly Co.) on campus for a game is huge for any college hoping to sign the 6-foot-3, 305-pound defensive tackle. So with Georgia set to lose starting defensive linemen John Jenkins and Abry Jones, having Adams in town Saturday was big news for the Bulldogs. Jenkins echoed that statement himself after the game.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comDefensive tackle Montravius Adams was told how he could fit on Georgia's depth chart immediately.
“I spoke to John Jenkins after the game, and he said he wants me to continue the tradition of great defensive linemen at Georgia,” Adams said. “He thinks I could be that guy to come in and play his role next year. When I first met him he said he would be like a brother to me. So it meant a lot to hear that from him, a guy about to go in the first round of the NFL draft. I hope I can be that type of player in college.”

Adams did not witness an offensive struggle Saturday between Georgia and Tennessee, but the ESPN 150 prospect did see an opportunity to make an instant impact "between the hedges."

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Oregon Recruiting Mailbag 

September, 27, 2012
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Another week, and another win is in the bag for the Oregon Ducks. This time around, the bag is carrying some extra weight.

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Blair Angulo/WeAreSC.comSan Diego twins Tyree and Tyrell Robinson are basketball and football stars, but their futures are on the gridiron.
The Ducks secured verbal commitments from twin brothers and two-sport stars Tyrell Robinson and Tyree Robinson (San Diego, Calif./Lincoln) after their official visit to Eugene.

Time to sort through the mail in order to get to your questions for this week's Oregon Recruiting Mailbag...

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Top five uncommitted: Georgia 

September, 18, 2012
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In what is now widely considered to be the fourth-best state as far as FBS football talent is concerned, the 2013 class in Georgia could be the deepest group of talent to come out of the Peach State. More than 200 prospects are claiming offers at the moment, which would easily surpass the 170-180 FBS signees the state has averaged over the last three years. In this feature, RecruitingNation takes a look at the top five remaining uncommitted prospects in Georgia.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comMontravius Adams has official visits to LSU, Oregon and USC in the works.
Montravius Adams, DL, Vienna (Ga.) Dooly County, 6-foot-3, 300 pounds
No. 3 prospect in Georgia
Front-runner: Auburn

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Marquel CombsCourtesy Pierce CollegeThe Ducks have recently shifted their attention to Ole Miss defensive tackle commit Marquel Combs.
With a run of seven commitments in the span of six weeks ending July 2, Oregon was on a recruiting roll. Since that time the Ducks have been stagnant while USC and Washington have cleaned up.

Oregon has never been a fast starter in recruiting. Heading into the season with eight commitments is the norm for the Ducks. With many of their top prospects off the board, the Ducks have had to regroup and move some targets up their board.

Quarterback: The Ducks will likely stick with what they have and are in pursuit of quarterbacks for the class of 2014.

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