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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80 comments Add your comment

Indian Dawg

October 1st, 2012
3:08 am

Hope we get him. We’ll be losing quite a few folks from the D-line after this season. Unfortunate that our defense looked pretty shoddy when he was in attendance.

Island Dawg

October 1st, 2012
3:27 am

Would be a great git to get him. Seems he likes the flashier, brashier, less consistently successful programs though.

ToccoaDawg

October 1st, 2012
4:54 am

One thing is for sure. He wont be going to Ga Tech.

kingdaddy

October 1st, 2012
5:28 am

I have a soft spot in my heart for any young man who loves his momma. Mountravius, wherever you go to school, I wish you success. Good luck young man…

kingdaddy

October 1st, 2012
5:30 am

MC
Good article on a nice kid…

Saint Simons

October 1st, 2012
6:22 am

WHAT ABOUT TECH!!!!!!! WOW Do GA kids even look at TECH?

SickandTired

October 1st, 2012
7:00 am

Pursuing this shiny object is a waste of time. But I’m sure the kid Georgia dumped on last week will understand.

destin dawg

October 1st, 2012
7:01 am

Great kid.. stay in State… close to support groups, friends and family.. play early for the Dawgs.. get coached up by Richt and Todd Grantham… NFL will be in your future.. Go Dawgs !!

See Rock City

October 1st, 2012
7:03 am

I hope he goes to UGA and not Auburn, this kid can be the star of the circus if he can focus a little more on his grades…

Seriously?

October 1st, 2012
7:24 am

Montravius would be a great get in this recruting class, he seems to have his head in a good place for a teenager. gata

RedandBlackDAWG

October 1st, 2012
7:30 am

I think we will know more about this young mans plans after his mother and he visit later. I am sure she will like CMR and the young man can see how he will fit into UGA’s defense. He would have a chance to start early as he will be in the NFL someday and UGA is a place where he could showcase his talents right off the bat.

Big Tiger

October 1st, 2012
7:42 am

I wish this kid all the best, but I don’t see him staying within the state of GA. I hope he’s enjoying his time toying with all of these programs, but in the end, how many five star players even make it into the NFL?

JB

October 1st, 2012
7:46 am

yeah, come play for a Defense that Tenn ran all over and put up 44 on. Tenn would not have sniffed 20 on Ala or LSU, hell they only got 20 on UF. So much for UGA’s top 5 defense

GT = 10 time loser to Mark Richt

October 1st, 2012
7:47 am

Auburn has already unloaded the duffel bags of cash. He’s going to Auburn

Phillip

October 1st, 2012
8:09 am

surely to goodness Auburn wouldn’t do anything like that. They seem to be such a Christian based university.

Richt's Conscience

October 1st, 2012
8:56 am

Richt learned from his mentor, Saint Bobby. “Recruit their mommas and the boys will follow”, unfortunately Richt is no better coach than Bowden.

1eyedJack

October 1st, 2012
9:09 am

Dooly County High School coach Jimmy Hughes, if you’re reading this, this is your old High School center. Montravious needs to be a Bulldog. ;)

Dog in Nam

October 1st, 2012
9:12 am

JB, I know you are adversarial with a lot of the posters on here, but for some reason, I have always mistaken you for a UGA fan or alum. maybe, it’s another JB. That JB is unhappy with the coaching staff and was critical of how long it took Coach R to make changes on the D…but reading this post of yours which will probably be read by Montravious and his Momma, you are just a clever (not really) UGA hater or fan of one of our competitors….maybe I’m confusing you with this guy named flat tire…all I know is it is sooo painful to read such boring and negative posts….you think anybody is really fooled by the boring drivel you put out, certainly you can’t think anyone believes it or is entertained by it!…..so, just out of curiosity, you and alum of a fan of UGA? …………now on to something very important: Good luck to you and your Momma Montravious. I am sure that UGA can prepare you well for the draft and future business opportunities around the world, and you will get a great in state education and super, worldwide networking contacts for the business investment opps that will come your way. I suppose JB’s school and the others you have it narrowed down to maybe can do the same basic thing…but our numbers of highly successful NFL players don’t lie. Many of the posters on here will tell you and anybody anything just to cause a pain or to start a rumor. Best of luck to you young man.

Stu

October 1st, 2012
9:12 am

Gotta watch out for Van Gorder and his mustache though, that hair above his lip has really been wowing people on the recruiting trail. I hear he’s been wearing tight Wrangler’s and a ‘Free Mustache Rides’ t-shirt and just dominating high school cafeterias this fall.

Stu

October 1st, 2012
9:15 am

When Van Gorder walks into a living room, he’s been known to tell a recruits mother (or father depending), “Yeah, I put the ‘must’ in mustache”. He then flares his nostrils for effect…

Les W. Moore

October 1st, 2012
9:16 am

Does it really matter? UGA is loaded with NFL calibre talent EVERY YEAR. So what if they sign another 8-9 future NFL stars.

Underachievers.

Texas Dawg

October 1st, 2012
9:19 am

JB,
Before you spout off about LSU’s great defense, you may want to go back and look at the Towson (they have a football team?) game. Not that UGA looked impressive on defense on Saturday, but after their effort against Towson, LSU does not strike fear in to anyone either. BAMA, well that’s a different story.

tony

October 1st, 2012
9:24 am

Does anyone ever ask these top recruits why they leave the state of ga? Are they bulldog and tech fans? I don’t see many top recruits leaving Ala, LA, Cal, and Fla. We lost Robert Nkemdiche-DE to Clemson and Carl Lawson-DE and Reuben Foster-LB(he learn how to play football in the state of ga) to Auburn. That’s 3 five star players that left the state of ga in the same year to programs that are worst than uga.

Losing Montravius Adams-DT will be a disaster. Ala top recruits stays in Ala. Those Ala boys love their state but the Ga boys apparently don’t have much love for their state. What’s going on?

JustMyOpnion

October 1st, 2012
9:48 am

@ Tony, some recruits never intend to stay in state. It’s funny how nothing is ever said when UGA goes to another state a gets a 5 star. ie.. Mathew Stafford -Texas Knowshon Moreno- New Jersey. It just happens, and if you took the time to think about how many really good players are in Georgia, you’d realize that it’s impossible to get them all.

shankit

October 1st, 2012
9:58 am

tony – The other schools don’t have AJC blogs where
their “fans” can bash their own coaches, school, etc.

1eyedJack

October 1st, 2012
10:07 am

There is nothing in Alabama to attract people to live there and make that state their home as there is with Georgia. We have a lot of players whose parents came from somewhere else, and those families don’t necessarily have allegiances to Georgia the way Alabama kids who have never left the state of Alabama do.

Flo - Ri - Duh

October 1st, 2012
10:10 am

UGA’s DL was pushed around by the Tennesse OL last week. Especially in the run game they gave up to many yards right up the middle. The pass rush was negligible. Last year at times they went to 4 defensive linemen….. should go back to that occasionally. How about bringing in both monster DT’s at the goal line?

Flo - Ri - Duh

October 1st, 2012
10:17 am

Don’t think Adams will end up at Auburn though he favored them early on along with Clemson. Auburn is having a down year and their defense is terrible and has been terrible even in their BCS championship year. Von Gorder has come in but he is not the super star coach some make him some make him out to be. The writing was on the wall with the Falcons – he was about to be canned. UGA has a good chance with Adams and I expect him to sign with UGA on signing day.

DIT

October 1st, 2012
10:34 am

Just curious but why does Richt still actively recruit Robert Nkemdiche? He might be an awesome player, but reminds me too much of Crowell. Richt just needs to let him go and go after a more quality person. This guy appears to me as another “me, me, me” type of player. Just saying

alex49

October 1st, 2012
10:36 am

Hope this guy signs with Georgia. I think he could be a leader for the defensive line and a future star that could keep the Georgia tradition of players with staying power in the NFL. It’s a positive that NFL coaches find Georgia players extremely well coached and attractive prospects.

Coach Gruden seemed to like “Old man Football” at Georgia! Best of luck to the young man and his family no matter where he plays.

Kramer

October 1st, 2012
10:47 am

Saint Simons

October 1st, 2012
6:22 am
WHAT ABOUT TECH!!!!!!! WOW Do GA kids even look at TECH?

Yes, they look at tech. Everytime they drive down 75 through Atlanta they look over and see tech and think how wonderful it is not to be associated with that program.

Flo - Ri - Duh

October 1st, 2012
11:12 am

The inside LB’s did not have a good day against the run saturday and the outside LB’s were absent on their pass rush. I know that Ogletree made 14 tackles, etc. etc. but he did not tackle at the point of attack well. Usually the RB was two or three yards down field before the LB’s even touched them and then they ran over them for 3 more yards – or more. To stop Lattimore the LB’s will have to get play big saturday.

Flo - Ri - Duh

October 1st, 2012
11:15 am

Nkemdiche will attend the Nov 3rd Ole Miss / UGA game in Athens primarily because his brother plays for Ole Miss. Montravius Adams is also supposed to attend the Ole Miss game along with his mother. I know Nkemdiche is rated #1 and Adams #2 – some disagree with the order. Adams and Tunsil are definitely the top recruits on UGA’s board – even ahead of Nkemdiche and Foster.

Michael Carvell

October 1st, 2012
11:16 am

@Flo – Ri- Duh, thanks for posting. I don’t know anyone that ranks Montravius ahead of Nkemdiche, nor should they. However, any other year in the last 3-4 years, Montravius would likely be the state’s No. 1 prospect.

harold

October 1st, 2012
11:20 am

Watch out for FSU or Florida. Dabo and Clemson could be tough. All of these are great places to play. However at USC you are a “rock star”. You meet half the actors in Hollywood. The weather is unreal. Los Angeles is a place he would love. The weather is in the 70’s all year. And USC is argueably the top football programs in history.

Flo - Ri - Duh

October 1st, 2012
11:21 am

RT Theus will be the key match up saturday with either of S.C.’ s DE’s.

tide roll

October 1st, 2012
11:34 am

To heck with tis guy. The real question is how did the big offensive lineman from Lagrange, Marcus Swain, and the big Offensive lineman from MLK, Joshua Outlaw, like their visits!? Evan Richt Booboo and you UGA fans should now realize the value of this type of offensive linemen. Especially after Tennesse nuetralized Jarvis Jones and GASHED the hell out of your defense on the ground. Every one of their offensive linemen will be NFL draft picks. Hell, Dooley should be fired for not running the ball every play. They kicked y’all’s butt.

Under The Bleachers

October 1st, 2012
11:41 am

” The Defense wasn’t too good’…..

That may be the biggest understatement of the article. Did either defense play?

Under The Bleachers

October 1st, 2012
11:44 am

After watching the Defense of Ole Miss saturday night and their enthusiasm throughout the game, The younger Nkemdiche would be a rock star if he decides to decommit and play with his brother at Ole Miss.

tide roll

October 1st, 2012
11:52 am

MEMO TO RICHT/BOOBOO: In the name of all that is holy, move Mike Thornton to Right Guard, Chris Burnette to Center, and Xzavier Ward to Right Tackle. DO IT TODAY and pray like hell Thornton can be ready by Saturday night. Then sign Swain and Outlaw, have Outlaw turn Octavious Jackson, Turn Shamire Bevine (Tech Sux),sign Tunsil. Move John-John Atkins to Center (where he’ll be an All-American) and start winning damn National Titles! What the hell does it take Richt? You were at the Tenneesee game right? You’re going to lose to South Carolina because you refuse to change. You have a private school center and a private school right tackle and a right guard from Class A Buford, none of whom belong at this level, and you’re talking about how good your offensive line is. You’re Certifiable Richt. 32 years. 32 years. Is it any wonder?

dawgster

October 1st, 2012
12:23 pm

@Tide Roll…your last post may be the most absurd post I gave ever read, however, since all your posts have no value, this may not been the most absurd…..Not sure what your problem is, but if you are really serious with the junk you put out, then I kind of feel sorry for you….I really do….And by the way do you really think anyone on here thinks you are a bama fan…I know the bama fans do not….

mopardog

October 1st, 2012
12:31 pm

tide roll…UGA had the biggest set of O-linemen in all of football last year, including the NFL. And that group just couldn’t get it done. So is it bigger linemen, better linemen, or perhaps both?

JB

October 1st, 2012
12:31 pm

@ Dog in Nam Alum of FSU. Plenty of schools have a lot of guys in the NFL but what impact are they having. Some may say UGA guys underachieve at the next level. Who and when was the last time UGA had a Defensove guy go in the top 10 in the draft? @ TX Dawg towson would whoop FAU and they were right there with UGA for the first half. end of that arguement

Rick James

October 1st, 2012
12:32 pm

If he’s coming back with his mother thats a good sign..Georgia got Marlon Brown out of Memphis mainly because his grandmother was very impressed with CMR and Mike Bobo..

1eyedJack

October 1st, 2012
12:39 pm

tide roll, how did your Yellow Jackets do this past weekend? How did their OL fare?

The nation's premiere football program

October 1st, 2012
1:08 pm

Dawgs need some type of good news seeing as how they got rejected by the 5 star tailback that committed to King Saban.

Adams ranked this visit as only a 7 or 8??? You kidding me? That’s embarrassing.

The nation's premiere football program

October 1st, 2012
1:12 pm

“32 years. Is it any wonder?”

I have oft wondered how in the heck a fan base can manage to go 32 years without winning a national title. I just couldn’t do it. I just couldn’t.

Terry

October 1st, 2012
1:26 pm

JB, Georgia has as many Defensive players starting, or playing backup for NFL teams, than any other college team, and you don’t play unless your having an impact, if you would have looked at cbssports.com at the depth charts of every team, you would have known this, next time come with some proof, and you do know, just because a player is drafted in the first round, does not make them a sure thing, there have been many first round bust.

Terry

October 1st, 2012
1:35 pm

The nation’s premiere football program, so how many NC’s have you won as a Fan? LOL

Under The Bleachers

October 1st, 2012
1:43 pm

Did Anyone catch the complaint by Michigan St about Ohio St supplying them with “cut up” game field which was void of any pre snap shifts and motions?

The Detroit Free Press covered it over the weekend.

Any kid committing to Ohio St should know that they are going to play for a coach who complained about the SEC and coaches in the SEC, but has pulled some of the slimy stunts in his short time in Columbus.