5-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams will visit Clemson this weekend to watch them take on the Maryland Terrapins, and this is going to be an extremely important visit for Dabo Swinney and his recruiting staff.
Adams is the No. 2 overall recruit in the nation, according to 247Sports, and he's the No. 7 overall recruit in their composite rankings. He checks in at an impressive 6'4'', 310 pounds, and he's going to be a monumental recruiting win for the program that is able to get his commitment.
The Clemson Tigers do have a chance. They're high on his interest list (according to 247Sports) along with Auburn, Alabama, Florida and Georgia, but they are going to have to capitalize on this visit and make it count. With those SEC powerhouses looming for his commitment, this could be one of a few remaining chances the Tigers will have to receive some legitimate interest from the 5-star defensive tackle.
I do believe Clemson can out-recruit the SEC in this instance.
The good news is, according to Ryan Bartow of TigerIllustrated.com, Adams really likes Clemson:
"I still remember when (offensive line) coach (Robbie) Caldwell came to my school and offered me before anyone else," Adams said. "I'll always remember that. I love the coaches at Clemson. I love the place. It's very family based. I love the hill."
The Vienna - Dooly County standout says he speaks to either Caldwell, Dabo Swinney or Tiger defensive tackles coach Dan Brooks once a week.
"They want to get my mom up there and that's happening soon," Adams said. "They want me to come up for a game and I am going to be with my mom and my coach (Jimmy Hughes) when they play Maryland."
That's the first bit of good news for Tigers fans. The fact that they were the first to offer him seems to really resonate with Adams, and him having weekly communication with the Tigers is definitely a good sign for Clemson.
Keith Niebuhr of 247Sports also tweeted a very interesting fact earlier today in regards to Adams' visit to Clemson:
Even though Auburn is in the midst of a horrible season, they do have a ton to offer to the 5-star recruit, with three 5-star defensive prospects already committed to their 2013 class, so the fact that he chose going to Clemson over Auburn, according to Niebuhr, could be a game-changer for the Tigers.
What does Clemson have to offer Adams?
At least for now, their greatest pitch may be that they still have the commitment of No. 1 overall recruit Robert Nkemdiche, a 5-star defensive end.
They can sell Adams on the fact that if he commits to Clemson, he'd have a chance to play on the defensive line next to Nkemdiche, and that would obviously only help Adams as a defensive tackle.
They can also pitch the hype that would surround their program if two of the best defenders in the nation committed to Clemson (in the case of 247Sports' rankings, they would have the two best overall prospects). Clemson would not only be the talk of the recruiting world, but they'd be the talk of the college football world in general, and much of that would surround Adams.
A lot of this is predicated on Nkemdiche remaining committed to Clemson, which is highly questionable, but as long as his commitment stands, the Tigers do have this pitch at their disposal.
Adams could go to the SEC and be yet another great player on a long list, or he could go to Clemson and have a chance to become one of the heroes of the program.
That's a pretty strong pitch, if you're asking me.
Will it be strong enough to pull Adams away from any interest he has in the SEC, though?
I guess we'll have to wait and see, but at least for now, Clemson has what it takes to out-recruit the SEC for Montravius Adams.