Montravius Adams: 5-star’s mom likes UGA visit more than Florida or Auburn

Mark Richt won over the mother of 5-star DT Montravius Adams on Saturday (AJC)

Mark Richt won over the mother of 5-star DT Montravius Adams on Saturday (AJC)

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.

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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.”

Montravius Adams

Montravius Adams (pictured) is ranked as the nation's No. 2 overall prospect by 247sports, following No. 1 Robert Nkemdiche. The two Georgia stars got to meet for the first time at Saturday's UGA game and talk a little recruiting (AJC)

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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114 comments Add your comment

7576DAWG

November 5th, 2012
5:36 am

Everybody has to remember that Montravius is a big kid and only 17 years old. I can tell you when my son went to Georgia as a Freshman he was lost and being away from home for the first time was very intimidating. Georgia has a great support system where an upper class man on the team will mentor him and make sure the first few months go smoothly.
I hope he can see that Defensive line is definitely one of Georgia’s biggest needs and there is a good chance he could start his Freshman year. I really like this young man not only because he is a great players but mainly he respect his mother so much he actually care about her opinion, unlike a lot of his peers, it his generation.

gomdawg

November 5th, 2012
6:29 am

THINK GOD FOR MAMA’S.

GO DAWGS

Bitter spoile recruit

November 5th, 2012
7:12 am

YEP!—————-Goin-a bee a dawg——congrats

—————robert’s older brother was a real steal by the reb’s

—————he is a real ball hawk———-congrats—mississippiii

———well on there way o building a SEC DEFENCE—good things for

them in the future

Destin Dawg

November 5th, 2012
7:20 am

kids that stay in State… close to support groups, friends and family… do better in school and life after sports… Mom works hard at Tyson Foods, I know that.. she will get to see more games in Athens.. In State love from team mates too.. Go Dawgs !!

59bulldawg

November 5th, 2012
7:37 am

What a wonderful mama! I’d love to see Montravius in red and black but more than that I hope he makes it to the NFL so his mama never has to work again. God bless her!

TIDE ROLL

November 5th, 2012
7:42 am

Why was this walk-on, Merrill something or other, a walk-on from The Weslyan School, starting at fullback ahead of ZANDER OGELTREE??!! Oh wait, you don’t need to answer. This is the University of Georgia. ‘Nuff said. 32 years. No wonder

GT = 10 time loser to Mark Richt

November 5th, 2012
7:43 am

I’m glad Tide Roll is worried about our back-up fullback situation

TIDE ROLL

November 5th, 2012
7:50 am

Soooo, let me get this straight. No on Joshua Dobbs. No on Anthony Jennings. No on Jonathan McCrary. No on Deshaun Watson. No on Nick Marshall. But yes on “Wing -T” Ramsey? That doesn’t make sense. Oh.wait, I forgot, this is The University of Georgia. Now it makes sense. do it Dawgs. 32 years. 32 friggin years

TIDE ROLL

November 5th, 2012
7:58 am

You know, maybe y’all do need to answer. Why was this walkon from a private school league starting at fullback ahead of Zander? The answer will go a long ways toward y’all finally acknowledging what your football program truly is.

Tide stupid

November 5th, 2012
8:03 am

Tide roll. Go away little boy. You, like all other tide fans, have never, ever set foot in a class room at UA. Much like their athletes. AU and UA are jokes as is your little jerk of a coach. Suck it.

tony

November 5th, 2012
8:13 am

The dawgs need Montravious more than anyone thinks. He’s an impact player who could impact the outcome of a football game. Montravious Adam and Johnny O’Neal are the 2 players in this recuiting class that could dramatically improve the defense next season. I just hope he stays in state.

RedandBlackDAWG

November 5th, 2012
8:26 am

The young man values his moms opinion very much, and I knew she would come away with a favorable impression after meeting CMR and others. Hopefully, he will sign with UGA and stay closer to home. He is a beast of a player and seems like he has his head on right.

Cal22

November 5th, 2012
8:27 am

Well guess what… Mama’s wrong again.

DAWG FAN

November 5th, 2012
8:28 am

TIDE ROLL…You must have a short memory. Coach Saban was entertaining Mr. Ramsey at Alabame not so long ago. There was an article in the AJC about it. NUFF SAID…

WinderDawg

November 5th, 2012
8:30 am

After declining on Kelsey Griffin, Adams is a “must have”!

Paddy

November 5th, 2012
8:30 am

tide roll…..if you become the next Uni-Bomber, nobody will be shocked!

The Truth

November 5th, 2012
8:41 am

You bunch of Georgia rednecks can talk about Saban all you want but it was your preacher coach who told Kelsey Griffin he had a schollie then dissed him when he publicly committed. The worse part is Richt could’ve stopped Kelsey from embarrassing himself because he knew the kid was committing that day but he didn’t. Total lack of class by Richt.

Bamatoro

November 5th, 2012
8:46 am

Tide Stupid..
So to be a fan you need to have gone to the university?
Makes no sense. We are indoctrinated into fandom. Our parents put red and black or crimson and white pom-poms in our little hands early on. If you were born a little more to the west, you´d be yelling “war eagle”.
Ive been to universities other than Alabama- but I´m a fan, like many bulldogs here. Get off you little high horse.

Draggin' Fly

November 5th, 2012
8:47 am

Miley and Tideroll – two sides of the same coin.

TIDE ROLL

November 5th, 2012
8:48 am

Replace your private school center with Chris Burnette, and you get the same results at center as you did at fullback with Ogeltree.. What is it with you guys and private school kids? Your fullback, your right tackle, your center. Pyke, The Long bros., Theus, Andrews, Aulben Bynum? And this Buford connection. Lee, Houston, Nardiello? No wonder you score 7 vs. South Carolina. What are y’all striving to be? DUKE? It’s frustrating as hell to watch y’all. Even for us Tide fans. Why don’t you do us all a favor and just leave the SEC. Sheesh. 32 years and still going stong.

Now 7-19 Against End of Season Ranked Teams Since '05

November 5th, 2012
8:49 am

Wow, what a family…..so easy to root for wherever he goes!!!

kingdaddy

November 5th, 2012
8:54 am

Mount Adams, I love and respect my Momma too. Sounds like a very grounded kid and I wish him well wherever he goes…

TIDE ROLL

November 5th, 2012
9:03 am

So MARK. Zander wasn’t starting at fullback because he was suspended? For how damn long, 8 friggin games? That’s not the answer and you know it. We all know the answer. Y’all just won’t admit it. I get so tired of y’all not having the GUTS to stand up and admit what your football program truly is. Hell, Merrill, who was hand picked by your offensive coordinator, “South Georgia” Mike Bobo, would still be starting if not for some injury, and Ogeltree, like the best young right tackle in the SEC, Xzavier Ward, would be standing on the Sidelines. Come on.

onegadawg

November 5th, 2012
9:04 am

Nick Saban had to wait until the extent of Tyren Jones’ injury was determined. Since he will be out only two weeks and the injury is not that severe, Nick will take time to call his mom and check on him this week. Luckily for now for Jones, it looks like he want have to accept an offer from Kentucky.

SoGaDawg

November 5th, 2012
9:07 am

Sounds like a good kid, very humble and not only asks for his Mothers advice, but he listens to it and follows it. More kids should be that way. Go Dawgs and hope he’s in Red and Black one day.

Kramer

November 5th, 2012
9:07 am

Tide Roll has to be a tech fan. Trying to stir it up.There is nooooo way that an SEC fan is that stupid. Unless, of course, they are a Florida or UT fan.

The Grinch

November 5th, 2012
9:08 am

TIDE ROLL

“It’s frustrating as hell to watch y’all.”

Then why do you watch? After all, you seem to be in agony about the playing status of our backup fullback, our backup center and a high school QB.

Geez, 4 posts about total BS on the UGA program and no mention of Mulligan U’s win over LSU. Your team is #1 in the country and yet your first comments are about a backup fullback? You need to save your breath on UGA and focus on thanking Les Miles. Dude made some of the most boneheaded decisions I’ve seen in a big D1 football game Saturday night.

kingdaddy

November 5th, 2012
9:09 am

T.Roll
You trolling for racial confrontations? If you were a coach, you would build your team around skin pigmentation instead of talent. I guess you aren’t in favor of affirmative action, are you??? Your post are all the same garbage, not worth printing your racial negativity. It’s views like yours,whether black or white, that stand in the way of racial harmony. You see skin color, I see a human being…

kerryb

November 5th, 2012
9:10 am

Montravius’ mother his a hard working Mom trying to help her kids and provide for them. I have a lot of respect for her no matter where he goes.

kerryb

November 5th, 2012
9:12 am

Kramer
November 5th, 2012
9:07 am

Tide Roll has to be a tech fan. Trying to stir it up.There is nooooo way that an SEC fan is that stupid. Unless, of course, they are a Florida or UT fan

___________________________________________________________________

Tide Roll is a Tech troll. We established that a long time ago.

Henne

November 5th, 2012
9:13 am

I like her. I hope her son goes to UGA, then to the Falcons and he treats her to a well-deserved early retirement.

The Grinch

November 5th, 2012
9:15 am

kerryb
November 5th, 2012
9:12 am

You may be right, but I’m wondering if tide roll is actually a disgruntled UGA “fan”. After all, how many tech fans will truly be despondent about UGA’s backup FB and a backup OL?

Probably one of the “fire Mark Richt” groupies.

Nhgamecock

November 5th, 2012
9:16 am

There you folks go if this kid go to another school please don’t bash him on here!

Tide Roll's Tutor

November 5th, 2012
9:16 am

Still early in the morning and you have already been schooled by a couple of posters.

A blog is not the ideal place to do this, but since you insist on posting against my recommendation you stay off until my tutoring takes place, here are points in logic. Whether you take them to mind is doubtful (leading a horse to water….).

You are playing a Bama fan on here. In acting out this role, you need to do some homework on Nick Saban and the Tide. Not real smart, not to mention illogical, to criticize private school players (and the racial implications) since CNS utilizes them to great success in Tuscaloosa.

Likewise, whining about quarterbacks like Anthony Jennings and Jonathan McCrary shows you have little idea about Bama’s recruiting. I will give you a hint- check out Saban’s two QB commits for 2013. With your hyper-racial outlook, you might blow a gasket.

Finally, one last bit of logic- you are supposed to be a Bama fan and should not get upset that all these so-called “great” prospects are passing on Georgia. Newsflash- that is good for your team, you are not a UGA fan (thank goodness) so why are you more upset than the Dog fandom over these supposed recruiting misses?

Another well-deserved F from your tutor for today’s illogical rants. Please, please, please do some thinking before posting again!

Worst Evaluation ever

November 5th, 2012
9:18 am

Montravius, come to Georgia and play tight for me like I wanted Cam Newton to do!

XOXOX, Coach Bobo

mike

November 5th, 2012
9:19 am

A nice article about this young man. Not so much for his ability to play football but for the love and respect for each in that family. Yes he is just 17 years old and yes his mother has done a great job. However there will always be haters. Maybe one he can fix it so his momma does not have to work in that chicken plant. Way to go Ms. Young.

Draggin' Fly

November 5th, 2012
9:20 am

Nope. TR is a techie. Caught him referring to GT as “we” last season. He’s still wondering why Reggie Ball isn’t starting in the NFL?

kingdaddy

November 5th, 2012
9:21 am

Nhg
Guess he’s not interested in your dead-end school…

Tide Roll's Tutor

November 5th, 2012
9:24 am

The hits keep on coming. Tide Roll, my man, you have been carved up like a Thanksgiving turkey. Don’t blame me, I tried to tell you.

My humble observation of FB at UGA

November 5th, 2012
9:33 am

Zander hit the hole so quickly when he scored his TD. He blocks MUCH BIGGER than his size. He appears to be more athletic, as well. Hall and Samuel can play special teams and make their mark, like R. Samuel d vs Missouri.

We need the most sheer talent on the ground at FB, to make up for the loss of TD scoring potential by Marlon Brown,now gone.

Go dogs!!

PR

November 5th, 2012
9:47 am

Fidlin1

November 5th, 2012
9:48 am

Montravius, Come back soon now ya hear, take your shoes off and stay a spell. Thanks for coming to our Homecoming game. We hope you and your mother felt at home. Go Dogs!!

Worm

November 5th, 2012
9:53 am

Toby Johnson tore his knee up this weekend, so Adams is a Must!

Inquiring minds want to know.

November 5th, 2012
9:54 am

Funny how all of the Redneck Bama fans were ridiculing Tim Tebow a few year ago when he shed some tears after losing in the SEC Championship game against Bama; but wow AJ McCarron was squaling like a little girl after saturday nights game against LSU. BAMA is nothing but a bunch of Walmart NASCAR loving inbred overweight rednecks.

I-DOG

November 5th, 2012
10:01 am

Tide Roll is the biggest supporter of public education since the teachers union.

GO

November 5th, 2012
10:10 am

Tide roll is a Bama fan, he is a Tech fan. we all know tech is the third best team in the state after Georgia southern…….Get a life. in a few weeks the dawgs will begoing for it’s second win in the Atlanta area, 1st Gt next Bama!

slydog

November 5th, 2012
10:25 am

It would be nice to bag Adams and convince Nkemdiche to “compromise” and choose Georgia. Nkemdiche clearly does not want to go to Ole Miss, his mom does not like Clemson, so that’s what I mean by compromise. She just wants someone around to help keep Robert’s head straight. What better way to do that than to keep him closer to home around the rest of the family.

BobDawg

November 5th, 2012
10:25 am

Imagine how many TIDE ROLLS are coming at St. Nicks place today telling him to bench AJ McCarron or other nonsense like that… If Les stays out of the gimmicks Sat. night… they would have walked away with that game… I mean, your QB throws for 300 yards and no picks, your D is stout and wearing Bammy out; your running game is on fire and you LOSE!!!! TIDE ROLL , I HOPE YOU ARE ON LS WHO’S BLOG THIS AM… RIGHT???

Flo - Ri - Duh

November 5th, 2012
10:30 am

Concerned about two things with Adams. He is from a small town and Auburn and Clemson are more small town than Athens. Adams plays in a 4 -3 defense and says he prefers that but is open to the 3 – 4. Toby Johnson , ranked the #1 jr. college prospect, is from Georgia and is seriously considering UGA also. Both are great players but I don’t see UGA getting both of them. Hopefully Kwame Gaethers will return for his senior year. UGA has Taylor, ranked #4 DT last year, redshirting. Bummer finally played a top 15 ranked team and showed they are not invincible. Lucky to win. UGA must take care of Auburn, who only lost to LSU by 12 – 10 score. Despite their record this won’t be an easy game and UGA better start fast and avoid turnovers. Auburn would LOVE to ruin UGA’s dream. Rubin Foster may be getting that tat removed after next week but if he flips it will probably be Bummer as he is from Alabama. Feel bad for Marlon Brown and Michael Bennett – big losses to the offense. Praying for you guys to heal quickly and completely and appreciate you being Dawgs. Hunker down and kick Auburn’s butt!

1eyedJack

November 5th, 2012
10:39 am

And yet, not a single one of them fellas is considering GT. What up wid dat Turd Roll?