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.
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.”
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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