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SEC Recruiting: Predicting Top 5 Schools for 5-Star DT Montravius Adams

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIDecember 14, 2012

SEC Recruiting: Predicting Top 5 Schools for 5-Star DT Montravius Adams

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    Five-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams is arguably one of the most sought-after recruits in the 2013 class, and that's because he has the potential to be a superstar.

    Adams is 6'4'', 310 pounds, so he has terrific size coming out of high school, but he's also extremely quick and displays great technique. He's aggressive, plays with good angles and he'll be able to be dominant against the run and as a pass-rusher.

    It's no wonder that some of the biggest schools in the nation are after his commitment.

    Adams doesn't have an official top five yet, but according to Ryan Bartow of TigerIllustrated.com, he's planning on narrowing his list down to five next week:

    The 6-foot-4, 295-pounder plans to narrow his list down to five schools early next week, possibly on Monday or Tuesday.

    "Most likely," Adams said.

    We do have a lot to go on, though, including his 247Sports interest list, so without further ado, here's my predictions for what schools will make up Adams' top five, and what order I would rank them in as far as their chances of landing him are concerned:

5. USC Trojans

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    The Trojans are definitely the outlier on this list, but they'll be in Adams' top five nonetheless.

    My reasoning? Adams is planning officially visiting USC, according to Bartow's report:

    He had hoped to take three of his five officials to LSU, USC, Oregon but only one of those remain under consideration.

    "Just USC," Adams said. "I'll probably go there but not the other two."

    Southern California is a long way away from Vienna, Ga., and in the end, that will probably end up hindering Lane Kiffin's program is this recruiting battle.

    That said, USC is still a major recruiting draw and Kiffin has a very good class (ranked No. 1 overall by Rivals) that he can offer Adams a chance to be a part of.

    The Trojans are building a very good program, so they'll be an interesting choice.

4. Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Alabama needs to be on this list if only because of the fact that it's Alabama.

    It can offer Adams the chance to play for a dominant program year-in and year-out, and the Crimson Tide's defense is known for being amongst the best in the country.

    Earlier on in the process, 'Bama pitched Adams on the fact that he can be the next Marcell Dareus in the 3-4 scheme.

    That's a great pitch and Adams is certainly talented enough to play the 4/5 technique and be extremely productive. He'll also have the opportunity to be coached by Nick Saban, who is easily the best coach in college football right now.

    Expect the Crimson Tide to be in his top five, and they may very well move up this list if they can beat Notre Dame and win two straight championships.

3. Florida Gators

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    It's relatively known and accepted that Adams' mother is going to play a big role in his eventual decision, and this is good news for Florida.

    She reportedly really liked what Florida had to offer during a visit to UF back in October, according to quotes via Kipp Adams of ESPN.com

    “I had a great time at Florida with my momma, a couple of my teammates,” Adams said. “My mom said she liked just about everything about Florida and that she loves the coaching staff there. My mom is very important in my recruitment.”

    It's worth nothing that this was a while ago now, but the sentiment is an important one.

    That, plus the fact that Will Muschamp's 2013 class is extremely strong defensively, gives Florida a good shot.

    It can provide Adams with the chance to play for a defense that very well could be the best in the SEC for the next few years.

2. Clemson Tigers

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    Don't be surprised to see Clemson end up being one of the favorites for Adams' commitment.

    It can offer him the prestige of being its premier recruit, and according to a report from Ryan Bartow of Tigerillustrated.com back in November, 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."

    Clemson has been consistently mentioned as a school that has a good shot at landing Adams, and I don't see that changing anytime soon.

    Dabo Swinney and his staff need to convince Adams that he can be a dominant force within the ACC. If they can do that and in the process make playing in the SEC not seem as appealing, they may very well land Adams.

1. Georgia Bulldogs

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    It's tough to shake the feeling that Adams will eventually be playing for the Georgia Bulldogs.

    He's from Georgia, he can be a huge part of an already good defense, and it can offer him realistic championship expectations.

    There's also the report from Michael Carvell of ajc.com that came out in November, that said his mother really likes Georgia:

    “She said she liked Georgia a lot,” he (Adams) said. “She liked it a little bit more than Florida or Auburn. I think it’s because she talked to the coaches more and stuff like that. She told me that Georgia was a place she would like me to go…somewhere she wouldn’t mind.”

    Everything seems to be pointing to the Bulldogs right now, and it seems as if they have the best chance to land the talented five-star defensive tackle.

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