March 4, 2012

Change of tune for Adams



It isn't often that a 17-year-old rising senior finds himself in the position of being the big man on a college campus.

Dooly County defensive lineman Montravius Adams found himself in that rare situation weekend, as he was the top prospect that Georgia hosted for their Very Important Dawg (VID) event.

According to the South Georgia standout, the visit couldn't have gone much better.

"I would give it a nine," said Adams. "It was a real nice visit, and I had a good time. Everything was fun, and I spent a lot of time with the coaches, so that was cool. I liked trying on the jerseys. I tried on my number 52 that I wear now, but I also tried on number seven, because that is what I want to wear when I get to college. I also had a lot of fun at the basketball game. That was cool."

This visit to Athens was Adams' first for any sort of event at UGA, and the Bulldog staff made the four-star prospect feel very welcome.

"They showed me a lot of attention and all," he said. "I spent most of the time with Coach (Rodney) Garner, Coach (Todd) Grantham, and Coach (Mark) Richt. We a talked about a lot of stuff, really."

Spending time with coaches is always a highlight for players on their visit, but Adams also had the opportunity to learn exactly how UGA thinks he will fit in with their scheme.

"They would me I could play just about any position on the defensive line," he said. "They told me I could make a difference, and that I could start out at just about any position up front."

The Georgia staff made it clear that they are big fans of Adams' game, but the Rivals100 defensive lineman has a great deal of respect for the play of Georgia's defense as well.

"I really like how they play defense," said Adams. "They have done a good job the last couple years with Coach Grantham. They were like top five last year, and I believe if I go there, I could help them be number one."

One of the biggest benefits of events like VID is that it gives the recruits a chance to get to know each other and talk about playing together.

Adams already knew quite a few players going into his visit to the Classic City, and spending time with them was one of the highlights of his trip.

"I already know Tray Matthews and Shaq Wiggins really well," he said. "I got to know them at Rising Seniors, so I know them really well. I also got a chance to hang out with that lineman from Buford, Josh Cardiello. He is a good dude. It was cool to get away from home and chill with those guys.

When Georgia offered Adams just after the New Year, he told UGASports that he and his parents had a strong desire to for him to leave the state to play college ball.

Now that he has had a chance to see what Georgia has to offer, is that still the case?

"It really doesn't matter anymore if I stay in state or leave the state," said Adams. "That's not going to be a factor. Just having a chance to spend time with the coaches and learn about them and stuff, that is really what changed my mind about it."

Adams has named Clemson as a leader on more than one occasion, but fresh off his visit to UGA, things seem to be a bit more open at this point.

"I'm wide open now," said Adams. "I don't have any leaders or anything. No one is on top."

As the 33rd ranked prospect in the country by Rivals.com, Adams holds an offer from almost every major program in America.

Fans of those programs, or at least the programs in which he shown interest, are undoubtedly curious to know when he would like to make a decision, and Adams has a simple answer.


"I'm going to ride it out until the end," he said. "I'm going to make my decision on Signing Day, and do my best to see everything."

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