Three intriguing recruiting battles are taking shape in the South, all of which involve top-20 defensive players in the class of 2013.
The headliner is Montravius Adams, the No. 1 defensive tackle and third overall player in the nation. The Vienna, Ga. native is being pursued by Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, USC and numerous other programs after posting 84 tackles in 2011, 45 of which were for loss of yards. Adams also added 15 sacks for good measure, staking a claim as one of the country's elite defensive prospects.
In Virginia, recruiters nationwide are lining up for Jonathan Allen from Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn. Allen ranks as the top weakside defensive end and No. 10 player overall in a class dominated by defense at the top. Allen's three biggest pursuers are Alabama, Virginia Tech and Florida, all of which would love to land this big-time prospect.
Lastly, Matthew Thomas from Booker T. Washington High School in Miami, Fla. is the target of two major programs. The Miami Hurricanes are bent on keeping the outside linebacker at home for his collegiate career, but Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide won't give up Thomas without a fight.
As for who has the lead in each of these battles? Check out the segment to find out.
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