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.
“Everything went good on my UGA trip,” Adams said. “I liked it and my momma loved it. My mom sat down with Coach [Mark] Richt and he told her everything about the school. She liked all that he had to say.”
Previously, Young had accompanied Adams on unofficial trips to Auburn and Florida. The No. 11 prospect in the country admitted this weekend stood out from the other schools to his mother.
“My mom said that was the best place she had been to so far,” Adams said.
Young echoed her son’s statements about her first trip to Athens.
“I enjoyed Florida and Auburn, but overall I liked Georgia better,” Young said. “At Georgia it seemed like I was with my family. They made me feel like I was with my brothers, and I just enjoyed everyone I met there. They treat you like family there and I just enjoyed it.”
The Bulldogs’ head coach and his wife both took time to sit down with Young separately on Saturday, and she appreciated the efforts they took.
“Mark Richt made me feel at home and really comfortable,” Young said. “He explained to me about the church and I want Montravius to have that. His wife spoke to me about what it is like from a mother’s perspective and I was able to connect with her on that level.”
During the game, Adams watched the defense while spending time with several high profile Bulldogs commitments in the stands. They again made their pitch for the in-state standout to join them in Athens.
Adams is being recruited by Georgia to play all over the defensive line, and the Bulldogs’ coaching staff has let him know they need him in 2013.
“Georgia has a base 3-4 defense, but a lot of the time they have four on the line anyway,” Adams said. “Georgia said they want me to play everything from a nine technique to inside. They want me to come in and play right away. That is what I want to do, so it was great to hear that.”
Looking back on his day spent at Georgia, Adams said he enjoyed getting to know the coaches more and allowing them to talk to his mom.
“I love the Georgia coaching staff, but my favorite part might have been hanging out with the players in the locker room,” Adams said. “I hung out with John Jenkins, Jarvis Jones, Todd Gurley, Malcolm Mitchell and Aaron Murray. They told me Georgia was the best place to be. Jenkins was telling me how me and Jonathan Taylor would be playing together on the line next year if I came there, and I hung out with Taylor a little bit before the game.”
No decision is imminent for the coveted, 6-foot-3, 300-pound defensive lineman, but there is little doubt now that the Bulldogs are a strong contender.
“Georgia was already pretty high to begin with, so they are still up there,” Adams said.
Adams intends to take his mother to see Clemson next, followed by an unofficial trip back to Alabama for the Iron Bowl. As for official visits, Adams says he intends to use them to check out programs farther away, such as LSU, Oregon and USC.