Montravius Adams: 5-star DT ranks his trip to UGA

Montravius Adams was the most famous guest among the crowd of UGA recruiting targets that attended Saturday’s win over Tennessee.

Mark Richt spent an hour with 5-star Montravius Adams before Saturday's game (AJC)

How important is Montravius Adams to UGA? Mark Richt spent an hour with the 5-star before Saturday's game (AJC)

Adams is so famous that he was even recognized at The Varsity, the longtime fast-food franchise in downtown Athens.

“We were standing in line at The Varsity after the game, and some guy took a picture of Montravius with his cell phone,” Dooly County High School coach Jimmy Hughes said with a laugh. “I’d never seen anything like that in my life.”

“Montravius still had his name tag on from the game. And so many of these fans, not just with Georgia, follow recruiting so closely. They’ve seen his picture on the Internet, and they recognize him right away. Then they know I’m his high school coach, and of course they’ve got all kinds of questions. I think that can be positive to a point, when a college has got their fans knowing who the guys are that they are recruiting.”

Adams is a household name in recruiting circles. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound defensive tackle is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 overall college football prospect by 247sports.com. The consensus 5-star is the state’s top uncommitted recruit.

Saturday’s visit to UGA was the first for Adams in around six months. He gave it a grade of “a 7 or 8″ on a scale of 1-10.

“It was a competitive game; the fans stayed into it and they supported the team the whole game,” Adams said. “The coaches did a good job. Both teams defensively didn’t play great football. The score was too high.”

This season, Adams has also made unofficial visits to Florida State and to the Georgia Dome to watch both Auburn and Clemson. “Out of the games I went to this year, it was the best. It was better than the Florida State or Clemson games. It was a better game, and better atmosphere. Well, all the atmospheres were great. It was a better game, though.”

Even though it was an unofficial visit, Adams got the royal treatment. He arrived at UGA on early Saturday, and he got to spend the day with the Bulldogs. He met with Mark Richt for nearly an hour. He also talked at length with a couple of UGA commits — DB Shaq Wiggins and QB Brice Ramsey — who all tried to recruit him for the Bulldogs. During the game, Adams sat with the charismatic Wiggins. After the game, Adams got to hang out with UGA nose tackle John Jenkins, who has become a fast friend. The two exchange text messages of encouragement each week.

“I think it went well,” Hughes said. “He got to speak with Coach Richt for an extended period of time, probably close to an hour. I think he liked some of the things he heard. I can tell you that Georgia did a good job with him.

“Coach Richt was selling the football program, as well as the atmosphere they are creating there … the academics, the majors that are available, the support there for the players, and what’s expected out of the players. We basically went through what a day and week would be like during the football season, and during the offseason.”

UGA will have its best shot at 5-star DL Montravius Adams when he brings his mother to the Bulldogs' game vs. Ole Miss (AJC)

UGA will have its best shot at 5-star DL Montravius Adams when he brings his mother to the Bulldogs' game vs. Ole Miss on Nov. 3 (AJC)

What stuck out the most? “If you look down Georgia’s roster and watch the games being played, their defense is going to have a lot of holes in it next year,” Hughes said. “They’ve got a lot of seniors on that defense, particularly the defensive front. There’s going to be a lot of empty places on that defense that somebody is going to have to fill. That’s one of the things that Montravius has consistently said that he wants to look at with an university — the opportunity to play early. I think there will be some opportunity at the University of Georgia.”

What are the biggest things in UGA’s favor? “Every D1-caliber kid is thinking he can play at the next level in the NFL. One of the things they look at is at each position, how many players at my position that played at this college have gone onto the NFL. That’s quite an ambitious thing, but that’s high school kids for you. Most of them believe they can get to the NFL. And I think Georgia has a lot of defensive lineman in the league. They’ve had several over the last few years, and I’d say they have a couple of potential ones on the team now.”

Probably the most notable negative for UGA was that Montravius’ mom couldn’t make the trip at the last minute. However, Richt addressed that immediately.

“Coach Richt invited me to come back with my momma for the Ole Miss game,” Adams said. “She didn’t get to come this time but she’s coming to that game.”

Ironically, UGA will also likely have the nation’s No. overall prospect on campus for that same Nov. 3 game –Grayson defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, who is committed to Clemson. His older brother plays for Ole Miss.

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Back to Montravius: Having his mother on a visit is critical because she will be helping him make his college decision.

“He loves his mother a lot and cares deeply about her,” Hughes said. “Montravius wants his mother involved in his decision. In order for her to make the decision, he wants her to see some of these places. He wants his mother to be able to experience these schools so she can help him with the decision.”

What about an official visit to UGA? Adams confirmed to the AJC that it’s unlikely to happen, but that’s not all bad news for the Bulldogs. “I wasn’t going to take one to there,” Adams said. “It’s not that far away so I can go up there anytime on an unofficial visit. My official visits are going to be to places far away like LSU, Oregon and USC.”

USC recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron made the long trip to Dooly County last Wednesday for the day.

More with Montravius:

  • Where will Adams take his two other official visits? “I don’t know yet.”
  • What about the rumors that Clemson and Auburn are his co-leaders? “I don’t have a favorite. I like both of those schools. I still like other schools, too.”
  • Did UGA move up or down on his list after this weekend’s visit? “They are still the same with me. I still like them. They didn’t move down.”
  • What was the best thing that Richt told him? “Just that he needed me to come in and play early.”

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Bigboy

October 1st, 2012
1:52 pm

Rodney Garner hasn’t done jack with all these “elite” DL we have signed in recent years.Jack…guys come in highly rated and leave as 4th rd or beyond draft picks.Name the last UGA defensive lineman that was dominant in college.That guy is way overrated.

THE Dixie Redcoat Band

October 1st, 2012
3:07 pm

What kid wouldn’t want to play out in La La Land. Yes Sparty is mad at Ohio for editing the film, pretty funny. Why wouldn’t more schools send goofy game films to the opposing schools?

fred smith

October 1st, 2012
4:19 pm

Why is it that Georgia always recruits high ranked defensive players and then they are successful in the NFL but Georgia seldom has a top ranked defense?

abominable snowman dawg

October 1st, 2012
4:33 pm

fred, it can’t be coaching…all the richt lovers say it can’t be coaching….

MAITAIDUCK

October 1st, 2012
4:36 pm

You guy’s should send him to Oregon, because realistically Chip’s gonna be honest with him and tell him, obviously he’s talented but Chip would tell him he can crack the rotation if he can do it, and that’s all Chip would ever tell any recruit doesn’t matter how good you are. Classic example is a 4 star receiver Blackmon 2 years ago was the NO. 2 receiver in the Nation that year and He’s yet to crack the rotation and the kid was a STUD, he was the best Wide out at the AA Game. Doesn’t matter how good you are you still gotta do the work. Sorry but you guy’s gotta realize Duck’s have a better shot at the NATTY 3 years in a row, more than you guy’s do, no offense but who would you rather play for?

bairddawg

October 1st, 2012
5:40 pm

This is for Sick&Tired,you know what I’m sick of your lie,UGA did not dump on that kid,still has scholy here,couldnt take him then& it didn’t have ANYTHING TO DO WITH UGA OR MARK RICHT! THAT”S A FACT!! If you’re going to say something at least get your fact’s straight,my god dont you have better things to do than make-up crap?? GET A LIFE,ONE IN REALITY YOU THINK!!

Lakedawg

October 1st, 2012
5:46 pm

@Tide Roll—–Those guys on Dawgs OL put a pretty good whipping on vols defense. Why would you want to change a unit that is really clicking?

Dawg-Gawn

October 1st, 2012
6:22 pm

UGA has a real good chance signing Montravius Adams looking better each day and will get better if momma will visit the UGA campus! The city of Vienna is big Bulldawg country and is where they hold the annual world famous Pig Jig! (BobbyQ cook off)

Alabama getting greedy with all the 4 & 5 * RB’s could cost them two recruits…. rumor has it after the commitment of Derrick Henry to Bama the ego’s of Altee Tenpenny and Tyren Jones have been effected… Bama could end up losing both!

Alvin Kamara is not happy about UGA’s interest in Tyren Jones… looks like a game of musical chairs about to unfold with these RB’s.

“Our Team” “Our Time” “No Regrets”

“BELIEVE” in the “G”

tiger2010

October 1st, 2012
6:40 pm

War Eagle Baby! Montravius you are the Man. See you on the Plains real soon.

EB

October 1st, 2012
8:24 pm

Well it’s obvious from this game (especially) but truly from them all, we need MORE help on the defense NOW, so we will certainly need it next year as well. Just not sure he is going to want to play for Richt if coach can’t get his teams to go undefeated more often, at least until the playoff system is installed, so they won’t HAVE TO win every game in order to get a shot at the national championship!!!

Mark Bailey

October 1st, 2012
8:52 pm

He’s a Tiger, Clemson Tiger. And will start day one.

crimson1

October 1st, 2012
9:08 pm

No wonder he didn’t consider Bama. You have to earn playing time here. You are competing with other five and four star players who want to badly get on the field. You best go to Jawja where they will let you play without earning it.

crimson1

October 1st, 2012
9:16 pm

@Dawg Gawn,You never have enough players at any position. Tide lost their number three and number four running backs to knee injuries. SO if any defensive lineman feel like they will not get playing time, you’re only one play from gettin’ it.

Big D

October 1st, 2012
9:47 pm

Athens/UGA is such a low class dump, who can blame the kids for not wanting to go there!

TDawg

October 1st, 2012
10:02 pm

Tide Roll if you can get over your hard on for UGA lineman then you might notice that right now it’s not the O-Line that’s the problem, but the D-Lineman. Christ, what is it with you and UGA lineman?

Dawg-Gawn

October 1st, 2012
10:08 pm

Latest recruiting rumor that I just heard…. Tyrone Crowder & Laremy Tunsil planning on playing together for the same team! (text’n each other) QB Brice Ramsey UGA commit keeping close tabs on Tunsil… Derrick Henry/Tunsil = old news it’s now Crowder/Tunsil = UGA!!!!

@crimson1:

Sorry to hear about Drake’s injury… hope not too serious?

Bama set to lose one, if not two recruits (Jones & Tenpenny) because they were led to believe they were the guy.

Over/Under for the visor toss this Saturday night is 7

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Prophet

October 1st, 2012
10:29 pm

Mark Bailey
“He’s a Tiger, Clemson Tiger. And will start day one.”

-Agree w/ both posts.

The prophet has spoken.

POO Nanny

October 1st, 2012
11:48 pm

you dawg fans can hope all you want, this kid is going to be a Tiger, either Auburn or Clemson…..

Wish on little dawgs wish on…

Boll Weevil

October 2nd, 2012
12:27 am

I am Coach Paul Johnson – the man who lost to MTSU. Hail my offensive genius! The Atlanta media loves me no matter how many games I lose! If only these Tech grads who claim to be so rich would kick up a little cheddar to line the pockets of these recruits the way Bama does, I could stop recruiting all these 1-Star Wing-T guys who Appy State offered. Look at how smart I am. I am the only coach in America who can out-coach you and STILL wind up losing! Nick Saban might fit into my left tube sock. I am so smart with my antiquated offense.

wiseoldawg

October 2nd, 2012
7:08 am

Ed Orgeron was in Vienna Wednesday? Wondered what that smell was.

Neutral

October 2nd, 2012
7:11 am

@Harold 11:20
And they go on probation every other year (probably again soon), and his Mom would have to travel 2000 miles to watch a game, and that big city really sucks and can’t hold a candle to Athens, and, and, and!!!!

Flo - Ri - Duh

October 2nd, 2012
9:20 am

Adams is playing his cards close to his vest.. By saying UGA is a 7 or 8 Adams is saying they are in the ball park but haven’t hit a home run yet. The ball is in play. Appears UGA is one of 5 teams that Adams is seriously considering but he doesn’t want to commit any time soon. Probably will wait til near signing day or on signing day. I would say hat Clemson and Auburn were in the lead up until this week and UGA has pulled even with them.

Flo - Ri - Duh

October 2nd, 2012
9:27 am

Orgeron works for Lame Kitten …… wouldn’t trust him for a second. Lame Kitten won’t win the national champ game this year as ESPN was hoping. UGA needs Adams. They will have Kwame Gaethers back for one more year and Taylor is being redshirted this year. Also Atkins will be coming in from jr. college. With one more DT in this class UGA will be set at DT for the next 3 or 4 years. I think Atkins could play DE. Kelsey Griffin? Not sure what is going on there.

Augustabred

October 2nd, 2012
1:20 pm

I hope the coaching staff look at Atkins ability to play guard or tackle. He is a better OL. Can’t shed blocks like people think. Boy is a beast on the OL. Opens up lanes that grandma’s duece and a qtr can go thru sideways!

BeachVol

October 2nd, 2012
3:19 pm

“5-Star DT Recruit Rips UGA’s Defense “…. I must have missed this in the article. You B/R boys continue to amaze me with your biased reporting. Kiffin must think he has a chance of landing this guy.
Look at yesterday’s pic of Vol coach Dooley; can you possibly make a guy look more stupid. Give it up B/R; the SEC rules!!!!!!!!

harold

October 2nd, 2012
4:24 pm

IT’S USC OR TENNESSEE!

Dawg-Gawn

October 2nd, 2012
7:37 pm

Current roster:

If Kwame Geathers N 6′6′ 355lbs (Georgetown SC) can project into the NFL first round, he most definitely will leave early, forgoing his senior season.

Mike Thornton N 6′1′ 302lbs St. Mountain Ga RS/Jr

Jonathan Taylor DL 6′4′ 335lbs Millen Ga Freshman

2013 commits

John Atkins DT 6′4″ 310lbs Thomson Ga (Thompson) is in prep school and will be an early January enroll counting against the 2012 ships.

Chris Mayes DT 6′4′ 315lbs Griffin Ga, (Gulf Coast Community College) also will be an early enroll and count against 2012 ships. Eligibility 4 years to play 3 ???

DeAndre “Moose” Johnson DT 6′3′ 310lbs Newnan Ga, (Northgate) belongs to the 2013 recruiting class.

UGA still presently recruiting:

Toby Johnson JUCO DT 6′4″ 305lbs Huchinson C.C Kansas early enroll will count against 2012 ships. Two years of eligibility remaining.

Montravius Adams DT 6′3′ 310lbs Vienna Ga (Dooly Co) would count against 2013 class… if UGA can get Adams to bring his mother along for his next visit, agaisnt Ole Miss it would be huge!

In waiting:

Kelsey Giffin DT 6′1′ 289lbs Hoschton Ga (Mill Creek) 2013 recruiting class… either waiting on a qualifying test score or a ship to show up? (maybe Geathers)

A. Einstein

October 4th, 2012
9:25 am

Ahhh the next Isiah Crowell. Chase him hard doggies it will be fun to see him break your hearts.

AU in Milton

October 5th, 2012
11:06 am

Adams needs to come play for BVG at AU.

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October 9th, 2012
6:49 pm