INSIDER: Celebrated 5-star recruit will visit UGA this weekend

DT Montravius Adams watched both rumored frontunners, Auburn and Clemson, at the Georgia Dome (247sports.com)

DT Montravius Adams, pictured here at the Georgia Dome for Auburn-Clemson, is planning to visit UGA this weekend (247sports.com)

UGA will get a chance to entertain the state’s top uncommitted prospect and his mother this weekend.

Montravius Adams, the 5-star defensive tackle from Dooly County High School, told the AJC he will make an unofficial visit to UGA with his mother for the Tennessee game. He’s ranked as the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect by 247sports.com.

Auburn and Clemson are the rumored frontrunners for the 6-foot-4, 310-pounder who visited Florida State last weekend. Alabama is also considered to be among the favorites for Adams.

Wilcox County coach Mark Ledford, who has coached several D1 signees including former UGA DB Nick Marshall, said Montravius lives up to the hype. “I just think he’s another kid from our area that has the potential to be a great college football player. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a kid with that size be as explosive as he is. I haven’t ever seen a kid that big get off the ball as quick and athletic as he is.”

KELSEY GRIFFIN MYSTERY: There is still a lot of mystery surrounding with what exactly happened last Friday between UGA and Kelsey Griffin, the 4-star defensive tackle from Mill Creek High School. It was one of the strangest recruiting moments of the year. Griffin committed to UGA in front of TV cameras on Friday morning, and then told the AJC later that night that it was not accepted by the Bulldogs. Griffin nor his coach have revealed why the commitment was denied. This week, Griffin has continued to take the high road about the whole ordeal. “God will figure it out for me. No hard feelings. I tell people all the time ‘Never waste your time being sad. You only live once. Make every day your best day and it your choice for it to be that way.’” Griffin’s coach said several schools have inquired about Griffin but did not go into details.

FUTURE UGA TWO-SPORT STANDOUT? UGA is back in the running for DB Brendan Langley, who committed last month to South Carolina. Langley told the AJC it was because UGA said he could play two sports in college, football and his “first love” – which is basketball. Langley said he met with UGA coach Mark Fox to discuss the possibility of walking on at point guard. Georgia basketball fans want to know: How good is Langley is that sport? “He’s an athlete that plays basketball,” said his former coach at Kell, Brian Whitaker. “His basketball skills, let’s just say he hasn’t put in nearly the same work as he has in football. He’s extremely raw …” Last year as a junior, Langley made his debut on Kell’s varsity played in eight games at power forward before being sidelined in December with an ankle injury. He did not return for undisclosed reasons.

Will Auburn offer late-blooming RB Chris Carson? (247sports.com)

Will Auburn offer late-blooming RB Chris Carson? (247sports.com)

AUBURN LIKES GEORGIA RB: Auburn has expressed serious interest in Chris Carson, a RB from Parkview High School. “I just got off the phone with Auburn a few minutes ago,” Parkview coach Cecil Flowe said. “They’ve been watching him play and they like what they see. They wanted to know how serious his interest was in Auburn. All I can do is relay the message. Chris has to decide where he wants to be. He has a lot of people looking at him.” Flowe said Auburn is considering an offer to the 6-foot, 200-pound Carson, who already claims offers from Miami, Indiana, South Florida, Florida International, Ohio, Colorado State and Troy. “He’s a hard downhill vertical running back. He’s got moves, good balance, and sees the field very good. He’s powerful. He’s as good of a running back as I’ve had in a while.” There was a report last week in which Carson said he committed to South Florida but Flowe said it was a “misunderstanding” between the parties. “South Florida has been in contact with me, and they’re still very interested. I would advise any of my players against committing to a school before you have the chance to visit. I don’t think that’s smart. You’ve got to go down and check that place out and see if it’s where you want to spend the next four years of life. Any kid that commits over the phone and hasn’t been to place, I don’t know if there’s too much to that.” Auburn has had good luck at Parkview with running backs, signing Brad Lester out of the Gwinnett school.

SLEEPER ALERT: North Carolina landed a commitment from one of the state’s most overlooked players, Jonathan “Bug” Howard, a 6-foot-5 wide receiver from Wilcox County High School. Howard also had offers from Kentucky, NC State, Missouri, and Mississippi State, among others. Clemson was his original favorite but the Tigers filled up at the position. “He’s a 6-5 wide receiver that probably runs consistently in the 4.5 range,” Wilcox County coach Mark Ledford said. “He has got great hands, great ball skills, and been a four-year starter for us at safety and wide receiver. He was a big component of our 2009 state championship team. This year, he’s had two games of more than 200 yards receiving. And in the one he didn’t, our starting QB didn’t play. He’s probably the smartest kid on the football field I’ve ever coached. Right now, he’s sitting on a 3.2 core GPA in school.”

2 sacks for the undisputed No. 1 prospect (AJC)

2 sacks for the undisputed No. 1 prospect (AJC)

ROBERT NKEMDICHE UPDATE: No. 1 prospect Robert Nkemdiche had been catching a lot of unfair criticism for going his first three games without a sack – which was ridiculous because the opposing offenses design their gameplan around him and usually send 2-3 blockers at him on every snap. Last Friday, Nkemdiche said he had 13 tackles, 2 sacks, 8 QB hurries, and 6 tackles for loss in Grayson’s win over Dacula. His older brother, Denzel Nkemdiche, also had an interception for Ole Miss. Will UGA get another chance to gives its sale pitch to Nkemdiche? It’s looking that way, with Ole Miss scheduled to play on Nov. 3 at UGA – located 30 minutes away from Grayson. Nkemdiche, who is committed to Clemson, has attended two of his brother’s home games this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF THIS, A LITTLE BIT OF THAT: The super duo from Walton High School, OL Brandon “The Finisher” Kublanow (committed to UGA) and RB Tyren Jones (committed to Alabama), will both receiver their jerseys on Thursday for the Army All-America game … Centennial High School QB Chase Rosenberg, the son of former AJC staffer I.J. Rosenberg, completed 28 of 34 passes for 322 yards and three touchdowns in the loss to Johns Creek. Rosenberg is being recruited by the Ivy League schools … Lorenzo Carter, the 2014 DE from Norcross High School, was offered by Mississippi State this week.

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Dawg1993

September 26th, 2012
1:35 am

Dawg1993

September 26th, 2012
1:42 am

It’s great to be a Georgia Bulldog. Todd Grantham is one of the best things to ever happen to the University of Georgia. It’s funny to see “lifelong” Dawg fans laugh at a traditional pro style offense (old man football) and not so much on Grantham’s 3-4 scheme. End of the day….Georgia has always done a good job putting players in the league and this year with Jarvis Jones going number one it’s only going to make Athens that much more attractive. John Jenkins in the top 15. As much as I hate Bama I have to give Saban credit for the model…just sayin’

Dawg1993

September 26th, 2012
1:44 am

and third…..the most disciplined Dawgs team I have seen in years on miscues and turnovers. Traditional pro style offense….aggresive three four scheme and limited mistakes…..

Bitter Gurly bird----hahahah

September 26th, 2012
4:32 am

Get over yourself trolls, be a gurly man—4th

——The next two months plan on some serious excitment in recruiting

—m/c you just delivered just the start too a wild next two months

———-kids will be flipp-in too the new flavor of the month

—–UGA stands to gain a lot with the beat down of the CHICKENS

———-and THE CROCKS——–Stand by for the barn to lose most

——-of there top recruits

Big Daddy

September 26th, 2012
4:36 am

Truth

September 26th, 2012
5:10 am

Adams is really good. Reminds me of Warren Sapp. All of Georgia’s defensive line starters are seniors, Adams could play immediately if he went there.

Paddy

September 26th, 2012
7:21 am

If Adams did commit to UGA, he would be the star of the 2013 class. He would also get coached by a top ‘D’ coordinator. Win-Win!

destin dawg

September 26th, 2012
7:35 am

This is our year.. stay humble, work hard, one game at a time.. Go all they way Dawgs !!! recruits will come on board… Win the SEC champs THIS Year !!!!

The Greatest Show on Earth

September 26th, 2012
8:05 am

******* EXTRA SPECIAL BULLETIN *******

Ringling Brothers has just announced that the circus has hired the entire UGA coaching staff. The assistant coaches will trade in their playbooks and whistles for clown costumes and painted faces. Mark Richt has been appointed as Head Clownmaster and will supervise all Ringling Brothers clowns.

Fred Ringling, owner of Ringling Brothers, gleefully announced that Richt was the most qualified clownmaster, having coached clowns at UGA for more than ten years. He then presented Richt and the assistants with their shiny new clown noses.

Richt acknowledged that the circus has been having difficulty hiring enough clowns in recent years, but his first act was to drop the requirement that clowns be able to read and write, and that it was okay if they had a rap sheet. “After all,” he said, “this policy worked well for me in Athens, where I was used to dealing with bozos.”

Please join with us in wishing Mark Richt well in his new position.

Matthews Dawg

September 26th, 2012
8:38 am

The Show on Earth…..what is that all about? Can’t stand that UGA is 4-0 and playing great football? Can’t talk well about your own team, so just troll on about UGA. Next up…..Tide Roll!
Dawgs fans….let TR say what he wants and make no comment behind him. I won’t look at his comments, just scroll right over them. You don’t have to read them, it’s the same thing for the last 1 1/2 years, maybe more. Go Dawgs!!

Nhgamecock

September 26th, 2012
8:47 am

And then there was a Robert report I said that yesterday!!!!?

Buckeye

September 26th, 2012
8:59 am

Isaiah “before I was arrested w/guns and drugs and thrown off the team” Crowell was also a celebrated 5 star recruit.

How’d that work out for ya, dogs?

Flo - Ri - Duh

September 26th, 2012
9:08 am

Adams is now considering UGA because Aubarn’s defense sucks despite holding LSU to 12 points and Aubarn is going to have a losing record this year and John Jenkins is graduating to the NFL and will be a high 1st round draft pick. Clemson’s defense also sucks and they play a sissy schedule in the inferior ACC. It doesn’t hurt that UGA is ranked #5 and is undefeated. A good showing this weekend and a “W” against the Tick Hounds would go a long way towards impressing Adams. I have mixed feelings about Langley. UGA needs DBs but he is not starting material as a freshman – very talented but raw. Still have to leave room for Tunsil, Crowder, Kamara and possibly North.

Flo - Ri - Duh

September 26th, 2012
9:11 am

UGAis considered to have 27 commits now since Trenton Brow (OL) says Florida is now his favorite despite his commit to UGA. Still he has not told UGA that he is a decommit so that have to wait to take his name off the list – one reason Kelsey Griffin has, unfortunately, been put on hold.

Flo - Ri - Duh

September 26th, 2012
9:13 am

Bugeye – It worked fine ’cause Gurley, Marshall & Malcome are better than the over rated Crowell and with Crowell leaving UGA has another scholarship to offer. Have a good day!

Layinlow

September 26th, 2012
9:25 am

Buckeye, it worked out great because now we have Todd ” i will run all over your wussy big ten defense” gurley and Keith “I will knife thru your slow buckeye big ten defense” Marshall.

Tuscon

September 26th, 2012
9:25 am

How is “offers from Kentucky, NC State, Missouri, and Mississippi State” overlooked?

Riddle me this

September 26th, 2012
9:41 am

Bug will do a great job at NC.

1eyedJack

September 26th, 2012
9:53 am

I like trucks.

RopeDawg

September 26th, 2012
10:00 am

Dooly County is BULLDOG COUNTRY! Go Dawgs!

Pazian

September 26th, 2012
10:01 am

I really wish we could flip Tyren Jones. He seems to be another special type of back like TG. Is there any possibility of this happening or are we all-in on AK?

kingdaddy

September 26th, 2012
10:25 am

Flo-Ri-Duh
Savannah News has Trenton Brown as a De-commit.. he doesn’t want to play guard…

FRED

September 26th, 2012
10:26 am

Look we just do not get these 5* defence players anymore they go to Auburn Clemson or Alabama. WHY???????

kingdaddy

September 26th, 2012
10:32 am

Adams can’t be much of a Dawg fan if he has Auburn, Clemson as frontrunners. Wonder what he sees in those two losers???

kingdaddy

September 26th, 2012
10:35 am

Maybe they like the color orange…

Delbert D.

September 26th, 2012
10:37 am

Kids should make make visits to each of the schools they are considering before committing. That tent revival feeling of euphoria after the first visit can lead to regret later.

Paddy

September 26th, 2012
10:39 am

Buckeye……..It has worked out real well Thanks for noticing!

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life/J.Jones for Heisman))

September 26th, 2012
10:50 am

@ Buckeye:

Don’t you need to worry about your own Clown Village which is on probation for most of the rest of this century and HAD to fire your coach mostly over a bunch of FREE tattoos??????????

I’m sure you are hoping that Ohio State doesn’t have to play ANY SEC team for a loooonnnnnnngggggggg time.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Flo - Ri - Duh

September 26th, 2012
11:00 am

Trenton Brown (4 star OT) has informed UGA that he is no longer committed to them but he is still considering UGA. Write him off – 27 official commits now and an opening for Kelsey Griffin? Potentially 4 to 6 scholarships still available for UGA. Targets – DT’s Montravius Adams, Toby Johnson, Kelsey Griffin – OT Laremy Tunsil, OG Tyrone Crowder – RB Alvin Kamara – WR Marquez North and long shot CB Brendan Langley.

bham dawg

September 26th, 2012
11:06 am

@Flo-ri-duh… Trenton Brown has nothing to do with the kelsey griffin commitment. Kelsey would have a spot no matter what but there are some question marks about his grades and if he will actually qualify. This is why his commitment was not taken. UGA is keeping an eye on his class work and if he takes care of business then we will accept his commitment if he still wants to come to UGA. It has nothing to do with spots being open. We need defensive lineman badly in this class and Kelsey Griffin is probably #2 on the big board behind Adams.

Contractor

September 26th, 2012
11:07 am

Well if Nkemdiche wants to parade around in the media and keep the spotlight on him, then he better produce no matter what the scheme or how many blockers come after him. He has Clemson on a hook, been openly flirting with Ole Miss, and yet he’s receiving unfair criticism because he’s not doing what got him the #1 ranking in the country? If he’s a “once in a generation type player” then I highly doubt a double team should keep him away from sacks and tackles. I see it as he brought it on himself, so he better prepare himself, because his career will continually be criticized in college and in the NFL.

WDE

September 26th, 2012
11:08 am

Well this is just one more good reason to show well vs the Vols…and Buckeye nah..your drawing enough fire already.

Flo - Ri - Duh

September 26th, 2012
11:09 am

Montravius Adams is bringing his mama to UGA this weekend for an unofficial visit. Just have a feeling he will be impressed enogh to return for an official visit and UGA will end up with him on signing day. Toby Johnson, another highly ranked DT from the state of Georgia is also strongly considering UGA. I can see UGA getting one, but not both of these very talented Dt’s along with Kelsey Griffin who is very talented also.

Rick James

September 26th, 2012
11:10 am

There’s not a lot of drop off between Adams and Nkemdiche if any..I’d love to see him in Athens

AltamahaDawg

September 26th, 2012
11:12 am

Yea, I was thinking the same thing. Not sure why the implication that Isaiah Crowell’s signing at UGA didn;t “work out”. He didnt sign elsewhere, he was freshman of the year here, and a big reason we made it to Atlanta last year. And nobody can say we are not thrilled the way the turn of events this summer has left us. I’m not sure we could have realistically played that one any better.

What was your point buckey boy?

Flo - Ri - Duh

September 26th, 2012
11:12 am

Nkemdiche will be at an average, at best, Clemson for three years and then turn pro. Not sure Clemson’s head coach will be there three years from now however. Their defense SUX.

Flo - Ri - Duh

September 26th, 2012
11:17 am

bham dawg – From what I have heard Griffin has the grades but don’t know about his test scores. UGA wants two DT’s in this class and two more OL along with one WR one CB and one RB – that’s cutting it real close on scholarships. Right now the CB (Langley) is a long shot at best and the WR (North) is 50/50 as well as the OG (Crowder). Thanks for the info but not sure about the source as I have not heard this before.

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life/J.Jones for Heisman))

September 26th, 2012
11:20 am

@ Fred:

We have a tremendous DEFENSE!!!!!!!!

How many 5-stars are on our defense other than Jarvis Jones????

The star rating is just the opinion of a few people just like the ranking of the Nation’s Top 25 Teams. It is obvious that many recruits leave college ranked a lot higher than when they were in HS. Clemson has few, if any, outstanding Georgia defensive players and Nkemdiche most likely will flip. UGA has beat Auburn like a borrowed mule with the exception of one game over the last several years. For instance UGA won by 45-7 this past season. Bammy doesn’t have many quality recruits in the State of Alabama and would not be able to field a complete team without the Out-of-State recruits!!!!!!!!!

I’m sure you are basing you opinion on Nkemdiche and the herd of his fellow HS teamates he politicked to get them offers from Clemson. Perhaps a better way to form your opinion would be to check ALL the 4/5 star recruits that those three teams have recruited and find out just how great they are producing.

It may be of interest to you that almost ALL our defense is from the State of Georgia. The offense, on the other hand is largely out-of-staters as you may have noticed this year. Murray, Marshall, Gurley, Brown, two tight ends, etc. and the final analysis is that WE CAN SIGN ONLY 25 PER YEAR or what ever number that leaves us with a roster that is 85 or less!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Flo - Ri - Duh

September 26th, 2012
11:23 am

R J – You do know that Nkemdiche is a DE and Adams is a T? Drop off has nothing to do with it. Adams is considered to be the best DT and Nkemdiche the best DE in the country. Just think – Adams (#1 DT), Nkemdiche (#1 DE) and Foster (#1 LB) all played in Georgia and Henry (#1 Athlete) from Yulee, Fla were all a possibility to go to UGA at one time. And Laremy Tunsil (#1 OL) lists UGA as his favorite (along with Bummer). Would that be a dream team or what!

Dawg-Gawn

September 26th, 2012
11:26 am

List of other recruits planning to attend this saturday’s game against 10-A-C.

Nick Glass – 2014 S – 6′2 200 – 4 Star

Shaq Wiggins – 2013 CB – 5′9 165 – 4 Star

Raekwon McMillan – 2014 LB – 6′3 240 – 5 Star

Milan Richard – 2014 TE – 6′2 235 – 4 Star

Montravious Adams – 2013 DE/NG – 6′3 295 – 5 Star

Alvin Kamara – 2013 RB – 5′10 195 – 4 Star

Demarre Kitt – 2014 WR – 6′2 195 – 4 Star

Sony Michel – 2014 RB – 5′11 195 – 5 Star

Brice Ramsey – 2013 QB – 6′3 195 – 4 Star

Vonn Bell – 2013 FS – 6′1 195 – 5 Star

Tramel Terry – 2013 WR – 6′0 195 – 4 Star

Tray Matthews – 2013 S – 6′1 220 – 4 Star

Brandon Kublanow – 2013 OG – 6′3 295 – 4 Star

J.J. Green 2013 CB/WR – 5′9 185 – 3 Star

A.J. Turman 2013 RB – 6′0 210 – 4 Star

Shaun McGee – 2013 OLB – 6′3 240 – 4 Star

Jordan Davis – 2013 TE – 6′4 225 – 3 Star

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“Our Team” “Our Time” “No Regrets”

“Bobo’s Pistol is Legal”

“BELIEVE in the “G”

Flo - Ri - Duh

September 26th, 2012
11:28 am

Oh – and I forgot Vonn Bell (#1 Safety). UGA, because of their mediocre success the past three years, missed a golden opportunity with these recruits. Had they beat LSU and won the SEC things may have been different. Oh well.

Flo - Ri - Duh

September 26th, 2012
11:34 am

Vonn Bell is not attending the UGA/Tenn game as a UGA recruit. He is a Tenn recruit…… but realistically it is between Ohio State and Bummer. Ironically I doubt of Saban or Meyer will be around by the time Bell is a senior.

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life/J.Jones for Heisman))

September 26th, 2012
11:44 am

@ The Greatest Show:

Don’t give up your day job……..Oh, that’s right. You don’t have a job and your contributions on here are more 3rd gradish(with apologies to all 3rd graders) and are niether entertaining or meaning you should change your handle to Greatest Single Digit IQ On Earth and that would STILL be overating your ability to produce ANY worthwhile contributions. You should not be allowed in public alone and you should definitely not be allowed to reproduce!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dawg-Gawn

September 26th, 2012
11:54 am

Technically speaking, Vonn Bell, has not committed to any college and could be influenced to change his mind, just like Jordan Jenkins was blown-away last year, when he made his visit to UGA.

I prefer to think positive instead of negative!

“Gurley Bawl Y’all”

“BELIEVE” in the “G”

Bill Cosby

September 26th, 2012
12:14 pm

I.Crowell was a 5 star…..And? Say what you want……He still won SEC freshman of the year….So it worked out just fine.

aw

September 26th, 2012
12:58 pm

Robert Nikemdiche has also visited twice over the summer and twice last spring. He will visit the Auburn game as I understand as well, and maybe Mississippi State in November. That would give him a mere 7 to 8 times in Oxford, MS. I think Ole Miss has a realistic shot at him.

slydog

September 26th, 2012
12:59 pm

I don’t see Montravious Adams signing with either Alabama or Georgia because of the scheme. If he does, I would not be all that surprised since both staffs have excellent recruiters. The 3-4 does not require a DT to be explosive or get off the ball fast. He just has to be strong enough to demand two blockers (Cody and Ngata are not ‘explosive’, as an example). Aplayer like him may want to play in a system which emphasizes his talents, like a 4-3 scheme (like Suh, Fairley, and G. McCoy) Alas, if he does not sign with Georgia, part of the reason would be scheme, not because he thinks the other programs are better. That is another reason why the Dawgs should seriously consider accepting Kelsey Griffin’s verbal commitment. He clearly wants to be a Dawg and clearly wants to play for CTG and be in a 3-4 scheme. 3-4 nose guards do not get drafted in the 1st round, except for cases of extreme need, like Pittsburgh or Baltimore, although neither has done so. Adams is a 1st round talent.

Crusher

September 26th, 2012
1:02 pm

Why all of this talk about UGA being so great? I am a UGA fan as well, but guys come on. So far this year Georgia is undefeated but they have beaten schools with an aggregate of 5 wins. UGA opponents thus far are 5-9.
Georgia repeatedly signs “top recruits” but what happens when they get here. That is what should be discussed. Why don’t we get better results?

UGA Bailbondsman

September 26th, 2012
1:22 pm

Just keep em coming CMR.

harold

September 26th, 2012
1:41 pm

WATCH OUT. TENNESSEE IS IN THE MIX FOR THESE GUYS TOO.