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June 15, 2012
Montravius Adams, a touted defensive tackle from Vienna (Ga.) Dooly County, doesn't like watching highlights of other players, but admittedly he has checked out video of the country's two top prospects -- defensive end Robert Nkemdiche and linebacker Reuben Foster.
"I've only seen a little bit," Adams said. "I like Reuben a lot."
Adams, though respectful of Nkemdiche, is far less complimentary of the consensus No. 1 recruit, who committed to Clemson on Thursday. That is because Adams believes he is every bit the player Nkemdiche is.
"I think I can do anything he can do -- just better," Adams said. "I would like to compete with him."
For now, Adams will have to be content with joining Nkemdiche in an elite group, as he recently became one of only 17 players to earn Rivals.com five-star status. He also ranks No. 1 at defensive tackle.
It's a label the 6-feet-4, 300-pounder thinks was long overdue.
"I do everything that a great defensive lineman is supposed to do," Adams said. "That's getting a lot of tackles, getting a lot of sacks ? taking control of the game on the defensive side of the ball."
As a junior, Adams was simply dominant, finishing with 10 sacks and a staggering 45 tackles for loss. What makes those numbers even more impressive is this: He played both ways every game.
And, as Adams points out, "I also punt and kick off."
According to Adams, playing every down doesn't wear him out. But it does impact the way he approaches each game, each series and each play. He also thinks it is why he is merely scratching the surface of his true ability at defensive tackle.
"I don't really get tired," Adams said. "But it affects me a lot (playing every down). In college, I won't have to control my energy, how hard I go on every down, and how I go on defense. Right now, I've got to save some energy."
Colleges obviously are impressed with what they've seen. In large numbers, coaches flocked to Dooly County this spring to get a glimpse of Adams in action, coming from as far away as Los Angeles. At this stage, Adams holds nearly two dozen offers, and they've come from most of college football's heavy hitters.
Adams, who most recently visited the Vols and Tigers, isn't ready to name a leader publicly.
"I'm wide open," he said.
A decision might not come until 2013 rolls around.
"I'm just trying to take a look at everybody and see what they have," Adams said. "I'm going to announce at the (U.S.) Army All-American game, or wait until signing day."
In the meantime, Adams plans to continue improving his game.
"I'm working on my flexibility, and getting a couple more moves," he said. "I'm going to have that right."
Even though he currently is No. 10 in the Rivals.com rankings, Adams wants to move up. Not one or two spots, but all the way to the top.
"Yes," he said emphatically, "I can make a run at No. 1."