UGA’s Rodney Garner makes personal appearance to offer 2013 DT

UGA recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner made a personal appearance to offer 2013 Dooly County DT Montravius Adams on Thursday (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

UGA recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner made a personal appearance to offer 2013 Dooly County DT Montravius Adams on Thursday (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

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Fair or unfairly, UGA caught some criticism for being “too late” to offer some of the state’s top football prospects this year.

The Bulldogs may be trying to counter that perception for next year’s class.

On Thursday, UGA recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner made a personal appearance at Dooly County High School, which is located 60 miles south of Macon. That’s a big deal when the Bulldogs still have to fill 10 or so scholarships for this year’s class.

Garner was there to make a verbal scholarship offer to Dooly County High School defensive tackle Montravius Adams, the 6-foot-4, 280-pounder who is rapidly emerging as one of the state’s top 10 prospects for 2013 after his dominating performances at last week’s 2011 AT&T Junior Bowl.

On Wednesday, Alabama, Auburn and Kentucky called over the telephone to offer scholarships. On Thursday, Garner showed up in person to let Dooly County’s coaches know the Bulldogs want to sign Adams next year.

“Coach Garner wanted to let him know that he is a priority for them,” Dooly County assistant Jamaal Zanders said. “Garner was really impressed with his size, speed and his pad level after watching film. He told Montraviuis that they were excited to offer him and they really want to keep him in-state.”

UGA recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner (AJC file)

UGA recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner (AJC file)

What was Montravius’s reaction to the UGA offer? “Montravius said, ‘It was good, you know, just to know your home state school offered’,” Zanders said. “I think it was a good move by Georgia to go ahead and do it early. They’re definitely being considered now.”

Clemson was actually the first school to offer Adams – all the way back in October. They are currently listed as his favorite, primarily because it was the only offer that Adams held for three months, giving Clemson the advantage to nurture a relationship. However, Adams won’t likely commit until the end of the summer or later, giving other candidates a fair chance to sell their program.

Note: Auburn called to offer on Wednesday, and dispatched assistant Mike Pelton to make an appearance at Dooly County on Thursday.

Why have things blown up so quickly for Adams? It’s because of two reasons: He got his qualifying ACT score on Monday (he has a 2.9 GPA), and he proved he could compete against the state’s top offensive linemen during last week’s all-star practices.

“That gave Montravius the exposure he needed, coming from a Class A school,” Zanders said. “Everybody loved his highlight tape, but some probably thought it looked good because he was playing against Class A schools. Last week, he got to perform against players from bigger schools and – from what I heard from people there – he dominated. Last week sort of put him out in the forefront as one of the state’s top juniors.”

Adams is expected to double or triple his total offers by the end of the month. He projects to play defensive tackle or defensive end in college. “He has uncles on both sides of the family that are 6-6 or 6-7. He has good genes.  He’s going to be a big kid.  More than likely, he will end up at defensive tackle.”

We asked Chad Simmons, National Recruiting Analyst for Scout.com, why colleges were so hot on Montravius Adams:

It just shows you how the word spreads when these kids do well in all-star games. His name was starting to get out late in the season, he plays in the RisingSeniors game, the dead period ends, and the offers start to funnel in. He was going to be hot at some point; these last 24 hours just happened to be that time.  When I saw him for the first time early in the fall, it was evident that it was only a matter of time for him.

You have to love his size first.  It is easy to like a kid that is 6-3/6-4 and carry 287 pounds like he does.  He is also very athletic.  He can change directions well and could play anywhere across a defensive front, depending on the scheme.  He has a lot of upside as he continues to mature as a football player.  I really like his first step and his anticipation. It only takes a school or two to pull the trigger and then others react. There is no doubt that a number of schools had him on their radar. They have visited his school, watched his film, and many now will offer him.

Check out the video of Montravius Adams (at the very bottom). Please let us know what you think about his talent.

OTHER RECRUITING NEWS

  • One guy many D1 schools are looking at this month is ML King safety Jordan Moore. Auburn, North Carolina and NC State offered Moore on Thursday, according to his high school coach. The 6-2, 206-pounder is a track star who was injured during most of the ML King’s regular season in football, but got healthy in time for the playoffs and impressed scouts.
  • Update on another 2013 player: Sandy Creek DB Shaq Wiggins was offered by Ole Miss on Thursday. He claims early offers also from Tennessee, Ohio State, Michigan and Wake Forest. Wiggins said Tennessee is his early leader.
  • Miller Grove OLB J’Terius Brown (6-3, 225) committed to Miami of Ohio.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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97 comments Add your comment

annapolisdawg

January 5th, 2012
5:07 pm

Lagdawg

January 5th, 2012
5:08 pm

Sad. UGA was still behind Ala, Aub, and Kentucky. They still have to do better. Should be offering a slew of DBs, WRs, and ILBs. Not only in-state, but in other states also. Top ten Recruiting classes still does not make top players. Still need to do better on offering and pursuing the players. Oh, by the way. First!!!!!

annapolisdawg

January 5th, 2012
5:08 pm

Go get em’ Rodney! What’s that tide roll? GA never gets on these recruits early enough?

Victorious Sakrete

January 5th, 2012
5:14 pm

Hey Lag and annapolis:

Bama and the Barn withdraw more offers than UGA even makes. Both of those Hick teams mistreat kids, kick them off for medical reasons, and are total scum buckets.

UGA has ethics–can you grasp that?

Michael Carvell

January 5th, 2012
5:16 pm

@Lagdawg, UGA was ahead of Alabama and Kentucky to offer Montravius Adams “in person.” It was a tie this week with Auburn, which showed up at the school also on Thursday

Really

January 5th, 2012
5:18 pm

Wow.. He looks good. Quick and he wraps up. If we miss on the kid from Grayson we can’t miss on Adams. But if we get both of them plus Foster… WOW!!!

WDE

January 5th, 2012
5:19 pm

Lordy that young man looks like me playing in a pop warner game…only he is way faster! Come on to Athens town Montravius Adams !!

5150 UOAD

January 5th, 2012
5:20 pm

But WHO will be the coach in 2013 and beyond?

Sven Ottke

January 5th, 2012
5:24 pm

Hey look……another UGa recrootin’ update!! Go Dwags!

Dap01

January 5th, 2012
5:29 pm

Be a home state hero.

Go Dawgs!

roughrider

January 5th, 2012
5:45 pm

UGA needs about 4 tackles like this.

SouthGaBrave

January 5th, 2012
5:46 pm

Michael Carvell,

I think the poll choices are limited. You know very well that UGA and GT both evaluate and give out “committable offers”. If a kid takes it, he’s in……end of story.

No articles are written about our in-state schools like you wrote about Tennessee this week. Clemson, USCe, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee just pepper out offers to every kid with “stars” from the recruiting services across the whole southeast, then get caught with their pants down when too many want to come on board at one position.

That is an issue that is conveniently overlooked most of the time (at least by people who want to poormouth UGA and Tech).

SouthGaBrave

January 5th, 2012
5:47 pm

SouthGaBrave

January 5th, 2012
5:47 pm

long post w/ question to Carvell seems to be caught in the filter……

BurytheBone

January 5th, 2012
5:54 pm

Pick up the pace dawgs. We have in state talent slipping away. Would like to see thia kid in the red and black. Tray M. bring RF back to UGA.

Michael Carvell

January 5th, 2012
5:58 pm

@SouthGaBraves, thanks for your post. Not sure what you’re talking about. When UGA or Georgia Tech have a player that de-commits or either rescinds a scholarship, we most certainly report it.

Top Dawg

January 5th, 2012
5:59 pm

If you e-mail this video clip to the Oregon Ducks, will they pay you $30,000?

5150 UOAD

January 5th, 2012
6:01 pm

Bur has the kid read The Canterbury tales and know what a Chanticleer is?

5150 UOAD

January 5th, 2012
6:03 pm

The Duck might play you BUT you will not have to play the Dawgs because McGarity already ran from that game.

Brown Dog

January 5th, 2012
6:05 pm

Hey Lag and annapolis:

Bama and the Barn withdraw more offers than UGA even makes. Both of those Hick teams mistreat kids, kick them off for medical reasons, and are total scum buckets.

UGA has ethics–can you grasp that?
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In Alabama’s a case, a bucket of scum that dozens of kids and families have happily jumped into since Saban has been in charge. A bucket of scum that is about excellence on the field and in the classroom. We’re happy to compare either with UGA’s.

As for the early offers, ethics has everything to do with it. Except it’s singular, as in work ETHIC!

Can you grasp that?

Cdpridg

January 5th, 2012
6:06 pm

Bring it to the classic city….Dawgs get the best of pedigree!

RRTDawgs

January 5th, 2012
6:11 pm

I heard Dooley County was Bulldog country great job UGA offering this kid early Clemson got beat up 70 points WV notice not today not to many tiger fans UGA lost does not look so bad now .

Send'em Uhauls

January 5th, 2012
6:29 pm

Wont matter how UGA does in recruiting anyway, we still have Bobo the clown.

Destin Dawg.

January 5th, 2012
6:29 pm

Parade magazine says ” UGA #2 large State University education, plus Big time sports ” in a great college town. Athens, ga. Go Dawgs !

JDawg1785

January 5th, 2012
6:30 pm

Good for Coach Garner for showing up and offering in person. Hope he’s considering being a Dawg!

Old Dawg.

January 5th, 2012
6:31 pm

Kids that stay in State, close to support groups, friends and family.. generally do better in school and life after sports !

Send'em Uhauls

January 5th, 2012
6:32 pm

This years recruiting class is far from “Dream Team Class” #2. Sure wished we had that WVU coach.

Destin Dawg.

January 5th, 2012
6:33 pm

Get coached up by Todd Grantham “Junkyard Dawgs” are back !

RRTDawgs

January 5th, 2012
6:36 pm

I agree that Bobo is the problem .

Columbus

January 5th, 2012
6:37 pm

UGA were not beat by any school except Clemson. IN PERSON trumps phone calls EVERY TIME…UGA actually was AHEAD of the other schools….MAN some people are just WHINERS and complainers and cannot ever give credit for anything. It must suck to be such perfect people where all you do is complain about others your entire life…..your never satisfied and always unhappy.

You would think you were GT fans….now they have some room to be whiny….

Tampa Gator

January 5th, 2012
6:37 pm

FYI:
This will most likely be the 2012 signing class for the university of Florida:

RB Matt Jones – Gator for sure
FB Schyler Miles – will follow his teammates, Nelso Agholor, to Gainesville
WR LaTroy Pittman – Gator for sure
WR Nelson Agholor – Florida way ahead
WR Stefon Diggs – will sign if he likes the OC hire
TE Kent Taylor – Recruiting for the Gators like crazy at the UA practices
TE Colin Thompson – Starts classes next week
OL D.J. Humphries – Starts classes next week
OL Jessamen Dunker – Starts classes next week
OL Avery Young – Gators have moved to the front, big time
OL Junior Salt (JUCO) – WIll be putting salt into DL wounds soon at OG
DT Damien Jacobs (JUCO) -done deal
DT Jafar Mann – Jafar is not far
DT Omari Phillips – Not happy with the JUCO signs, but recruiting hard for the Gators at UA practice
DE Jonathan Bullard – Gators currently lead over Clemson (Gators don’t give up 70 to anyone)
DE Leonard Williams – Gators vs. Auburn (lifetime Gator fan)
DE Quinteze Williams – Starts classes next week
B Jordan Jenkins – Secret commit to the Gators
LB Josh Harvey-Clemons – Will follow Jenkins to Gainesville….Florida ahead of Georgia
LB Antonio Morrison – Starts classes next week
LB Jeremi Powell – Gator Power
CB Tracy Howard – FSU no longer in picture. Gators vs. LSU only. Mom will keep him close to home.
CB Brian Poole – Gator (recruiting hard for the Gators at the UA game)
CB Willie Bailey – Solid Gator
S Marcus Maye – Solid Gator
S Rhahiem Ledbetter – Solid Gator (and will help bring Bullard to Gainesville)
K Austin Hardin – Solid Gator

Yeah Boy……..Muschamp can’t coach or recruit.

Send'em Uhauls

January 5th, 2012
6:38 pm

CTG Blew it too in the bowl game. That prevent D with 2 minutes left reminded me of the Willie Martinez Defense. Same ole same ole.

RRTDawgs

January 5th, 2012
6:49 pm

TampaGator Avery Young i would give you LOL Jordan Jenkins is not a secret commit to UF i have been hearing lot that Jenkins and his family loves Grantham and his system 3-4 i would still say he Bama lean but UGA is not to far behind .

LAKE OCONEE DAWG

January 5th, 2012
6:57 pm

Send’em Uhauls
January 5th, 2012
6:32 pm
This years recruiting class is far from “Dream Team Class” #2. Sure wished we had that WVU coach…

LAST YEAR IT WAS THE MISS. STATE COACH EVERYBODY WHO WAS A NAYSAYER WANTED…HOW DID THAT WORK OUT?

Tampa Gator

January 5th, 2012
6:59 pm

RRT Dawgs….

The Gator coaching staff recently told Tyriq McCord (out of the Tampa area) to look elsewhere…..and he was the backup if Jordan was not going to come to Florida. McCord was told he could be a Gator if Jordan was not going to be. Well….the Gators told him to look elsewhere. What does that tell you.

And Ronald Powell and Jordan Jenkins are very, very close (like brothers)……and play the same position. Jenkins IS a Gator. You will see.

Tampa Gator

January 5th, 2012
7:01 pm

…..with Avery Young…..I am a little concerned about his upcoming Miami visit. But they are coming in very late. I think all the changes at Auburn killed them with Young. And I think Young realling like the OL coach at Florida…..and the players…..and Muschamp.

RRTDawgs

January 5th, 2012
7:11 pm

Well we shale see i would not count out UGA with Jenkins or Young i would not hold my breath that Jenkins ends up at UGA or UF i have been hearing UGA has really come on strong with Jenkins his family and especially his dad loves Richt and CTG.

Worm

January 5th, 2012
7:27 pm

Tampa Gator, wanna’ bet on JHC?..Muschamp better recruit better talent than everybody else because he’s 7-6, just lost his OC,loses his mind most games,happens to be from my hometown,didn’t leave Texas in great shape,and if you think Urban Meyer didn’t have a chuckle at his replacement being Will, then you are delusional!

asa

January 5th, 2012
7:50 pm

Clemson is so far ahead of Georgia on recruiting they have been on Deshaun Cantrell for ever he has been to 7 Clemson games Georgia has yet to even list him as a top qb in 2014 what dumb asses.

Tampa Gator

January 5th, 2012
8:01 pm

Worm…..

I would give your post an IQ rating scale (50 to 150) score of 75……only because “he is from you hometown.”

Tampa Gator

January 5th, 2012
8:03 pm

Worm…..

Oh, yeah…….I bet you my home, my boat, my dog, and……my home town vs……just your home town.

Joe

January 5th, 2012
8:10 pm

Wow, Adams is a beast! Would love to see him as a Dawg.

Saban Never Sleeps

January 5th, 2012
8:57 pm

Dont worry puppies. Bama will leave you some leftovers.

Bad Dawg

January 5th, 2012
9:08 pm

Tampa Gator, All the sources I have read says Jenkins is going to Alabama especially with him deciding on the day on the national championship game. JHC has Florida as his leader but that is the only place he has officially visited and he likes the proximity to his home (he is very close with his family), things could even out with a visit to UGA and FSU. Avery Young is a toss up between Florida and Auburn but he likes the potential playing time at UGA. I believe you are right about Tracy Howard and also I have heard that Kent Taylor was second guessing and would take visits elsewhere.

Crimson Crush

January 5th, 2012
9:57 pm

@Lagdawg, UGA was ahead of Alabama and Kentucky to offer Montravius Adams “in person.” It was a tie this week with Auburn, which showed up at the school also on Thursday

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@Michael Carvell … for as much heat as you catch from the Dawg fans I don’t blame you for trying to make them feel better but Jawja wasn’t remotely close to being “first” on this kid … and neither was Auburn for that matter . The Barners watch Bama for a clue which is why they were actually talking to the kid too long BEFORE the All Star game ( they aren’t the only one to watch Bama for a hint on recruiting though )

If ANYONE besides Bama can say they were taking this kid very seriously early on … it would be Clemson who offered him a scholarship in very early October of last year ( former Bama player/head Coach Dabo Swinney … wonder if he keeps up with Bama happenings too ? ;-) )

Make em feel better Michael if you need to … but you are splitting hairs if you are pretending the Dawgs were on this kid first … or even the hardest ;-)

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1000024-alabama-football-sabans-secret-recruit-montravius-adams-no-longer-a-secret

[...] or unfairly, UGA caught some criticism for being “too late” to offer some of the state’s top football prospects this year. The Bulldogs may be trying to [...]

BCS Tiger

January 5th, 2012
11:39 pm

Adams will be a a fine addition in Clemson. Beat again in your back yard mutts.

Does Gardner work part time at the Krispy Kreme? wow

7576DAWG

January 5th, 2012
11:48 pm

ESPN has Grey rated ahead of Marshall this year. What I just saw doesn’t back that up at all. Marshall is a punishing back and doesn’t won’t to go down where Grey reminded me of another Ealey or King.
I would take Marshall over Grey any day. He will be Georgia’s #1 running back next year unless Crowell comes out of spring training bigger , tougher , and not accident prone. Either way Georgia will be in great shape with Marshall and Crowell sharing the job if Crowell is at least as good as he was this year.because there is no way Marshall Red Shirt’s in 2012.

Crimson Crush

January 6th, 2012
12:21 am

savannadawg

January 6th, 2012
12:58 am

You folks that love UGA as I do, still don’t get it. Why do ya’ll suppose we are so far behind on these kids? I will let you know. It’s a classic “drop the ball” so to speak ignorance by someone at UGA. I’m not going to menchon names, But Miami has fallen were there at because they thought they could just sit at home and read the recruiting sites and get lists of recruits from so called recruiting services and just call these kids up and say “hey this is Miami and we want you to come and play for us. Well I’m hear to tell you it takes a little more effort than that. Also UGA has gotten bad about not recruiting kids that don’t attend there “camps”. That has to stop too. AND I don’t want to hear how UGA does its do dilligance. Nick Sabans “do” is kicking our butt. In all fairness I wish that the NCAA would stop all “early offer recruiting”. i don’t believe a kid should be allowed to see or hear a coaches speil until he is a senior and he has made his test scores for graduation. But until the rules change UGA has to get off to a faster start when recruiting. We also need to do a better job of evaluation with current members of the team. Since Todd Grantham has arrived I’ve noticed a big change. It’ll only get better as long as he is around. But as of this moment we are still lagging.