April 9, 2012

Did UGA impress Adams?

While the top two players in the state of Georgia Grayson defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche and Troup linebacker Reuben Foster, happen to be the top players in the entire country, the consensus third ranked player in the Peach State, Dooly County defensive lineman Montravius Adams may have more potential than either of the players ranked ahead of him.

In his junior season, Adams racked up a breath taking 45 tackles for a loss, and Dooley County head coach Jimmy Hughes, believes that his blue chip defensive lineman earned all 45 of them.

"He made every one of those tackles, I can tell you that for sure," said Hughes. "He was double, and triple teamed, and still had that many tackles for a loss. I can remember a time or two where we sent a blitz and he went unblocked and made the tackle, but most of the time it was him beating more than one block."

Early in the recruiting process, Adams told UGASports that he planned on playing out of state and while he liked the home state Georgia Bulldogs, he and his family preferred that he attend a school that would allow them to travel more.

Adams has made multiple visits to the Classic City, including one last weekend, since that statement, and it appears that the Bulldogs are making a move.

"I had a great visit," said Adams. "It was a good time, and I like Georgia a lot. They are high on my list. They are up there."

According to Adams, the Bulldogs resurgence is mainly due to the relationships he has been able to build in his visits to Athens.

"Just getting to know them has put them up there," said Adams. "The players and the coaches. Getting to know both of them has been good and made me like Georgia more."

When it comes to the Georgia coaching staff, Adams has mainly spent time with the coaches that he will have the most interaction with should he choose to continue his collegiate career at UGA.

"I mainly talk with Coach (Rodney) Garner and Coach (Todd) Grantham," he said. "I talk to Coach (Mark) Richt a lot too. We talk about football and where the want me, but we talk about life too. Sometimes I can tell they are recruiting me, and there are times where I can tell they are getting to know me. They told me that I can play any position on the defensive line for them."

Grantham, has taken an active role in Adams' recruitment, and the Peach State defender has taken note of what he has done for the Bulldog defense.

"He's a great coach," said Adams. "Just a great coach. I know that he did a lot with them this year, and they will be even better next year."

In his most recent visit to UGA this past weekend, Adams, who told UGASports recently that he is a running back at heart, had a chance to spend more time with the Georgia players than before.

One of those players was the Bulldogs leading rusher from 2011.

"I mainly hung out with Jarvis Jones, John Jenkins, Ray Drew, and I spent some time talking to Isaiah (Crowell) too," he said. "We talked about the team right now and what it means to be at Georgia. They all talked to me about why they came and what the team will be like if I come there and after they are gone."

The four star a prospect admits that he has learned a lot about Georgia from visiting campus this winter and spring, but he was also in attendance as the Bulldogs took on South Carolina in September, and came away impressed then as well.

"It is a really loud place," said Adams. "They have a nice place with the hedges and all there. Just watching the guys come out is pretty cool."

As a Rivals100 recruit, there is no shortage of programs coming after Adams even this early in the process, but despite all the attention, the Dooly standout has yet to compile a list of his top schools.

"I don't have a leader or top schools yet," he said. "I have some visits I want to take first. I'm going to go out to USC because I grew up liking them. They will be one of my official visits, and some other places out there too."

As for his senior season, Adams knows that 45 tackles for a loss is going to be tough to surpass, but he is more focused on team goals anyway.

"I know that, personally, I need to get more flexible and I am working on that," said Adams. "As a team, we are working on getting stronger, and faster. We are working hard and going to try to get a championship."

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