The fast, explosive five-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams has been a coveted recruit since the beginning, racking up offers across the country. And he still hasn't decided where he'll play next season. Our Chad Simmons gives you the scoop on Adams' skills, recruitment and more.
Get to know him
High school: Dooly County High (Vienna, Ga.)
Rating: (No. 3 overall DT)
Biggest strength: Quickness off the ball
Area for improvement: Pad level
NFL player he reminds us of: He has drawn a lot of comparisons to Marcell Dareus from Alabama, now with the Bills. He can move around on the defensive line and he is effective against the run and pass.
Q: Adams is still trying to decide between a number of schools. What's the latest on his recruitment and where, if anywhere, does he appear to be leaning right now?
Simmons: I see it coming down to two schools very close to one another -- Clemson and Georgia. They are about an hour apart, and Adams has taken numerous trips to each campus. Auburn led early before their 2012 season and the Gene Chizik firing and Alabama, Florida, LSU, USC, and others have been under consideration. In the end though, he will likely be a Tiger or a Bulldog.
Q: Adams says he is poised to announce his decision on Signing Day. What does he have planned between now and then that might affect his choice?
Simmons: He has already taken official visits to Alabama, Clemson, and Florida. He has an official visit scheduled to Georgia this weekend and he may visit Auburn or USC that final weekend before Signing Day. The official visit to Georgia will be big for him and his mother, but you can expect Mark Richt from Georgia and Dabo Swinney from Clemson in his home that final week. Those could play a big role in his decision too.
Q: What are the biggest positives he will bring to the college field?
Simmons: Upside is the biggest positive for Adams. He has been dominant over the last two seasons at Dooly County High, but he is still so raw. As he progresses in technique, improves his consistency, and adjusts to the speed of the game, he could really blossom into one of the best.
Q: Does he have a shot to get on the field as a freshman?
Simmons: I don’t think there is any doubt that Adams will play in 2013 as a true freshman, barring injury. He is just too disruptive and the schools pursuing him need help at his position.
Q: Robert Nkemdiche, also a defensive lineman from the state of Georgia, tends to get most of the mainstream recruiting pub. How does Adams compare to the No. 1 overall recruit?
Simmons: Nkemdiche plays in Gwinnett County (in the Atlanta area) and Adams plays in Dooly County (much more isolated). That pretty much tells you why Nkemdiche draws a little more attention in the publicity department, but on the field, the difference is, Nkemdiche is a little better today and he is a little farther advanced technically.
Adams has more upside and more room to grow as a player. Nkemdiche is a gifted big athlete that can do what some only dream of on the football field. But when strictly talking defensive linemen, it will be fun to watch these two careers play out. Nkemdiche should be better early, but Adams could challenge him years from now.
In his own words
"I am getting close to making my decision. My mind is getting closer, I have been thinking a lot, and I am definitely closer than I have been. It feels good to be getting close." -- Jan. 22