January 26, 2012

Adams entertaining offers

There was once a time when Dooly County defensive tackle Montravius Adams fancied himself as a pretty fair running back.

Then something happened.

"I got bigger," the 2013 prospect said during a telephone interview with UGASports.

College recruiters certainly aren't complaining.

Now at 6-foot-3 and 290 pounds, Adams has developed into one of the state's top defensive line prospects, with eight big-time programs already eager for him to join their respective fold.

That list includes Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Clemson, Kentucky, Michigan State and Miami, which offered Adams on Wednesday.

Alas, he's not being recruited to play running back, although Adams says it was just recently that he gave up the idea altogether.

"When I was a little smaller, maybe 260, I still thought I could play running back," said Adams, who advised he played the position until he was 13 years old. "I thought I could be like Brandon Jacobs, he's 250-something and runs a 4.58. I thought I could do that."

But now that he's grown into a mature defensive tackle for a talented Dooly County squad, there's no question where his future will lead.

Georgia has certainly been impressed, and on Monday Adams was paid a visit by head coach Mark Richt, defensive line coach Rodney Garner and tight ends coach John Lilly.

"We talked for a while and they told me how much they liked me," Adams said. "Coach Richt said he'd sure like me to come play for them and asked me to come up for a visit."

That's just what Adams plans to do, and will, when he comes to Athens on Feb. 25 to check out the Bulldog program, along with the football and academic facilities.

"I'm going to be looking at everything," said Adams, who had 45 tackles for a loss in 2011. "I want to see what they've got to offer."

Adams has already been a busy traveler.

He visited Auburn last weekend for Junior Day and this weekend will head to Clemson, a school he admitted during preparation for the Rising Seniors game in Atlanta, was currently his early leader.

But during his conversation with UGASports, Adams appeared to be in no hurry to make up his mind.

"I'm just taking it in stride," Adams said. "I plan on taking it all the way, I plan on visiting each school I like, talk to each coach, look at the depth chart, because I want to play early, but it's also important that the school I pick has a good academic program."