After a junior season in which he made 84 tackles, including an outrageous 45 tackles for loss and 10 sacks, defensive tackle Montravius Adams (Vienna, Ga./Dooly County) arrived for Rising Seniors last month in Atlanta with an offer from Clemson and some of the most impressive highlights in the entire Peach State. After dominating in practice all week and impressing in the Georgia Junior Bowl, Adams has since picked up offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Kentucky.
“It has been good getting all of these big-time offers,” Adams said. “I know playing in this Rising Seniors game helped me a lot with my stock. It feels good to know I have the grades and chance to go to a big-time college and play football.”
Maryland coaches came by his school last Friday, and the Terrapins are contemplating offering soon. LSU is expected to stop by this week, while FSU, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Nebraska, Oregon, Tennessee and Texas A&M are showing interest.
Adams was in Athens for the Mark Richt Camp last June, as well as the Bulldogs' game versus South Carolina in September. But as of now, he is leaning toward leaving the state and says his mom fully supports that decision.
“Getting the offer from Georgia does not really change how I feel,” Adams said. “I do kind of like them but I do not really want to stay in Georgia. My coaches tell me not to go too far away from my family, but my mom likes traveling so she wants me to leave the state, too. She wants to see new places and she has already seen Athens, so that is not anything new.”
Even with offers from several SEC programs, an ACC program leads, as the Tigers got in the door first with the talented 2013 defensive lineman. Two others have Adams intrigued as well.
“Clemson did the smart thing and offered early, plus I already liked them,” Adams said. “They have a good tradition of defensive linemen. I know if I went to Alabama I would get a ring. They are a top team every year. Florida is sticking out, too.”
The 6-foot-3, 280-pound prospect did not come into the Rising Seniors program as highly touted as a few others, but the confident junior thinks that will soon change.
“I think I am better than everybody,” Adams said. “Reuben Foster says he is supposed to be No. 2 in the nation, but I think I am better than him. Reuben thinks I am pretty good and we are pushing each other to work harder to become the best around.”
Following the Junior Bowl, which was shown nationally on ESPN3, Adams said he is hoping to continue his success on the field in his senior season as he prepares for the next level.
“I think I win most battles by being faster than the offensive linemen, but I have also won a few by being stronger as well,” Adams said. “I want to get better next year, so that means I need to get a lot stronger, because I met some guys that were a lot stronger than I am in the weight room.
"I am going to try and get over 100 tackles this year."