The mother of Montravius Adams, the nation’s No. 2-ranked football prospect by 247sports, finally visited UGA with her 5-star son this past weekend.
And the Bulldogs made quite the impression.
Montravius’ mother, Debbie Young, liked it so much that she told the AJC on Sunday night that she ranked the UGA visit ahead of her other college trips, once to Florida and twice to Auburn.
That’s a pretty big deal because the 6-foot-4, 310-pound defensive tackle from Dooly County High School has made it very clear that his mother will play a big role in making his college decision.
“I enjoyed Georgia better than the other two places I’ve been; I enjoyed Georgia real good because … I don’t know … they just make me feel like family, I guess,” Young said. “Auburn and Florida, they made me feel good. But I just feel more comfortable at Georgia.”
Adams, who has not publicly named a favorite college, seemed pleased that his mother finally got to visit UGA and approved of it.
“She said she liked Georgia a lot,” he said. “She liked it a little bit more than Florida or Auburn. I think it’s because she talked to the coaches more and stuff like that. She told me that Georgia was a place she would like me to go … somewhere she wouldn’t mind.”
That’s a wave of positive news for UGA, which is desperately trying to land either Adams or JC star Toby Johnson at defensive tackle, or both, as it finishes out the 2013 recruiting class – especially since the Bulldogs passed on Mill Creek High School’s Kelsey Griffin, who has since committed to South Carolina.
Saturday was the second game that Montravius has ever attended at UGA. The first was last month’s win over Tennessee, but that didn’t mean as much from a recruiting standpoint because his mother had to cancel at the last minute.
It has been difficult for Young to tour colleges with her son because she works the night shift at Tyson Foods in Vienna, while raising Montravius and her three daughters as a single parent.
UGA appeared to seize a golden opportunity on Saturday, with Mark Richt giving Adams and his mother a lot of personal attention.
“I spent time with Coach Richt, and I enjoyed talking to him … I sure did,” Young said. “He knew I had gotten off work late that previous night, and he was trying to make sure I was comfortable and everything.
“(Richt) was also trying to explain the game of football to me. Montravius has been trying to explain football to me, too, but sometimes he gets frustrated with me and says ‘Momma, you don’t know anything about it.’ I’ll say, ‘Son, I sure don’t.’ I don’t know anything. Well, I know when they make a touchdown. I know that part.
“So I’m still learning football, but I enjoyed the game at Georgia.”
Young said her son wants to take her to a game at Clemson and probably Tennessee before they start making important decisions on which colleges to visit and which ones to eliminate.
On the drive back home from UGA on Saturday night, Adams and his mother discussed the day’s events. Said Young, “He will aske me ‘How did you like this and how did you like that? How did you like the people you were talking to?’ I asked him the same questions because, as I always tell him, I know you want my opinion how I feel, but I also want your opinion about how you feel.
“He’s the one who has to stay at a college for four years. He’s the one who has got to do it. I want him to feel comfortable wherever he goes. I want him to feel just like he would if he was at home.”
Almost every recruit wants a parent heavily involved in the decision process, and Adams explained why it was so important to him: “This is the biggest decision of my life. She is going to tell me right from wrong. She always gives great advice. If she tells me she doesn’t like a place, that’s not going to be a place I’m going to go. Most likely, she’s going to be right about things.”
Young said the bond between mother and son is very strong because, as a single parent, “I’ve been both Mom and Dad, and I’ve been there since Day One. I always work nights but I try to make sure that Montravius and my girls have what they need, and that they don’t get into trouble. I always talk to them, and I pray to God for them. Montravius knows everything I’ve had to do, and that I’m always there for him. I guess that’s why it’s so important to him that I help (with his decision).”
And just like her 5-star son, Young plays it coy when asked about a favorite school. “Yes, if he likes Georgia, I gave him my blessing to sign there (after this weekend). But I’m not saying where he likes because I don’t know. I said ‘Montravius, what school would you like to go to?’ He will say ‘DC.’ I will say, ‘DC? Dooly County? That DC?’ He’ll say ‘Yes, Dooly County, because that’s where I’m at, Mom. DC.’ He always jokes with me like that.”
NOTE: At Saturday’s game, Adams also got to meet his celebrity counterpart, Robert Nkemdiche, for the first time. Nkemdiche is the nation’s No. 1 prospect and made an unofficial visit to UGA to watch his brother, Ole Miss linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche, who had two caused fumbles. “It was great to meet Robert,” Adams said. “We talked about a little football. We were going to meet up after the game, but I ended up leaving early.” Did Nkemdiche try to talk to Montravius about Clemson and Ole Miss? “He said something about Ole Miss … well, he said something about both schools.” Nkemdiche is still committed to Clemson but seriously considering Ole Miss because his mother wants both brothers to play together. Robert’s mother told RebelGrove.com’s Neal McCready that “deep down, deep down, I know he will play for Ole Miss.” She also told the website that her son continues to say he is committed to Clemson because he fears public reaction.
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