Analyzing What Makes DT Montravius Adams a 5-Star Recruit

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIOctober 11, 2012

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

5-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams has the potential to be a dominant player in college football, and he's easily one of the most impressive recruits from the class of 2013.

Adams has not committed yet, but when he does, his commitment alone could drastically impact a program or even a conference. He literally has the ability to be that good of a player.

247Sports has programs like Auburn and Clemson on top of his list, followed by Alabama, Georgia and Michigan State.

There are questions as to where he will end up, but there are no questions as to how good Adams can be at the college level.

Here's a breakdown of what makes Adams a 5-star defensive tackle recruit.



Size is really the one thing you can't teach in sports, especially in football, but Adam's has plenty of it so that's not an issue. He checks in at a staggering 6'4'', 310 pounds.

Comparatively, he's just as big as NFL star Ndamukong Suh (6'4'', 307 pounds), slightly taller than former Alabama stud Marcell Dareus (6'3'', 331 pounds) and he's still just a Senior in high school.

Adams can actually afford to put on a little bit of muscle weight, but at this point he's already big enough to be a dominant NFL defensive lineman, let alone a college star.



Size is a huge advantage as a lineman, but it can essentially be nullified by a lack of quickness. So much of being effective on the D-line has to do with how quick you are, and Adams is great in this area.

He's quick off the ball, displays good explosion and can shoot the gap before the blocker is able to establish position on him.  He also has good speed in the open field when it comes to chasing the ball carrier and making a tackle.

He's not just effective at the line, but he can be a playmaker behind the line of scrimmage, and even between the hash marks.


Block Shedding

A defensive lineman's greatest strength is his ability to use his technique and skill to get off blocks. Adams is very good at this.

He has a variety of moves that range from a simple dip and rip move, to a very effective swim move, to a powerful bull rush.

In the picture below you can see an example of his swim move. Notice how he's able to dip his left shoulder, which allows him to get his right arm over the blocker.

He's then able to establish inside position, use his left hand to push the defender out of the gap and behind him, and he goes on into the backfield and makes the tackle.

This is a very fast, and very effective swim move. He executed it before the blocker even knew that he was giving up his shoulder, and that's the kind of skill that will make Adams a star at the college level.


Superstar Potential

Put those three factors together and we're looking at a player that has the potential to be one of the great college football players in the country in the next few years.

He still has a lot to learn, and he's really going to benefit from the coaching and training that he'll get at the college level.

Adams already has the three intangibles that you look for in a defensive lineman. He's got great size, very good quickness and has the skill set of a veteran college football player already.

He's undoubtedly a player worthy of his 5-star ranking.

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