Football fans around Atlanta will get a chance on Saturday to observe the state’s best prospect not named Robert Nkemdiche.
Montravius Adams, a 6-foot-4, 295-pound defensive tackle, will lead Dooly County High School against ECI for the Class A state championship (public) at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Georgia Dome.
UGA is considered to be one of the frontrunners, along with Clemson and Florida, for Adams, who is also looking at Alabama and Auburn. He will likely take official visits to all five colleges before making his decision.
Adams is ranked as the No. 2 overall prospect in the state and No. 6 overall in the nation in the 247sports composite rankings, which combines the rankings of ESPN, Rivals, Scout, and 247sports.
The 5-star recruit may be one of UGA’s top two remaining recruiting priorities for the 2013 class on defense, along with JC defensive tackle Toby Johnson. (Of course, the Bulldogs also wouldn’t mind adding LB Reuben Foster, who de-committed from Auburn last week)
How good is Adams? “God gifted him with a lot of ability, and he’s worked really hard to improve on some of the things that God gave him,” Dooly County coach Jimmy Hughes told the AJC.
“He’s 6-4, playing at 295 pounds. He’s under 300 for the first time the last couple of weeks. It came about when he had the flu. He was out for a week when we didn’t play last month. He was sick with the flu, and he was in and out of the hospital that week. He dropped about 20 pounds. He has gained a little bit back but not much. He now has some of the quickness that really showed last year when he was lighter and about an inch shorter.
“He’s extremely quick around the football. His first couple of steps are like a guy that weighs 195 pounds. He runs to the football extremely well. He’s kind of difficult to run at, and he’s very difficult to run away from because he’s so fast from the backside. To me, he’s done everything he’s been advertised to do.”
Adams is a one-man wrecking machine in the state’s smallest classification. He has 127 total tackles, 34 tackles for losses, 7.5 sacks and 43 quarterback hurries. Adams also handles the team’s kickoff and punting duties (averaging 34.5 yards per punt).
Nothing has really changed with recruiting over the last few weeks, except for that Adams is in the process of setting up his first official visit to Florida immediately after the Under Armour all-star game in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Jan. 4. Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is scheduled to stop by Dooly County on Tuesday morning, while Auburn’s Gus Malzahn let Hughes know he will be at Saturday’s state championship at the Georgia Dome.
UGA, Florida and Auburn all dispatched assistants to observe Adams in last Friday’s semifinals.
“His other visits are going to come fast and furious as soon as the first of the year gets here,” Hughes said.
“I think he’ll be ready on signing day, and he told me he may even make a commitment before then. He told me he may move it up. If he gets to a point where he’s ready to shut it down, he’s going to shut it down. The recruiting process has taken a toll on him because there has been very little ‘back off’ from the colleges – and I understand that. I understand he’s a real good player, and any school will be proud to have him. He’s a good young man.
“The recruiting process will wear on a young man and his family. He’s going to get the point where he’s ready to decide, probably before signing day. If he doesn’t, that’s fine. If he does, he said he would let me know and we would set up some kind of way so everybody can get it all at one time, so somebody won’t be mad they got scooped. But there’s going to come a point where there’s going to be some disappointed schools. He’s just the type of guy, he likes all of the coaches that have recruited him. He really likes them a lot. It’s a tough decision.”
RELATED: Dooly County DE Jaylen Daniels (6-4, 210), one of the state’s most overlooked prospects, may get an offer from Troy on Wednesday.
— Jake Rowe (@JakeRoweRivals) December 10, 2012
THIS JUST IN
WHILE TAKING A BREAK FROM CHRISTMAS SHOPPING
WE’RE LESS THAN TWO MONTHS AWAY FROM SIGNING DAY
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