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