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.”
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.
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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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