5-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams has not yet officially whittled down his interest list yet, but he has in fact set up four official visits, with the potential of a fifth.
According to Kipp Adams of ESPN.com, Adams has picked dates to officially visit Florida, Clemson, Alabama and Georgia:
“I am taking an official to Florida immediately after the Under Armour Game, then Clemson, Jan. 11, Alabama, Jan. 18, and to Georgia on Jan. 25,” Adams said. “I might take a fifth official to UNC or Ole Miss.”
Adams had a ton to say about each school per Adams' report, but what exactly will these four programs have to pitch to the 5-star defensive tackle during his visits? Obviously all four schools would love to get him to commit, or at the very least put their program near or at the top of his interest list.
Here's the best pitch for each school:
For Florida, it comes down to pitching Adams on the chance to play on a defensive unit that could arguably become the best in the SEC in the coming years. He'd be a huge part of that potential success as a member of the Gators' front seven, and with all the talent playing around him, he's bound to only get better himself.
Will Muschamp is a great recruiter and his 2013 class is arguably the best defensive class in the nation. It's actually one of the best overall classes in the nation—ranked No. 3 overall by Rivals.com—so there's no doubting that the Gators' future is very bright.
Florida could provide Adams with the chance to play with future defensive studs like 5-star defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III, 4-star defensive tackle Caleb Brantley and 4-star inside linebacker Daniel McMillian.
He'd also be coached by defensive line coach Bryant Young, who had a ton of success at the NFL level as a defensive lineman. For a young defender coming out of high school, playing for Florida has to look like a great option.
Adams' mother also reportedly really liked Florida, so bringing up that connection will be smart as well.
Clemson can offer Adams a premier role in its 2013 class, and he'd more than likely become an instant fan favorite for the Tigers. Landing him would essentially erase the memory of losing No. 1 overall recruit Robert Nkemdiche's commitment. The Tigers can provide Adams with a great football atmosphere, a great fanbase and the chance to be a major factor in the ACC—and even nationally.
Clemson is a program that has come up a lot in regards to Adams' recruitment, and we know he likes the Tigers. Dabo Swinney and his staff just need to remind him exactly how much he likes their program.
Alabama's pitch to Adams needs to be short and simple. Come to Alabama if you want to have consistent and realistic national championship aspirations on a yearly basis. Alabama is about to face Notre Dame for the chance to win its second straight national championship.
Nick Saban does a great job with recruiting, so the Crimson Tide will always have one of the more talented teams in college football. 'Bama has talked to Adams about playing a Marcell Dareus-like role for their defense, and he'd be a great fit.
Elite players deserve to play on elite teams. It's as simple as that for Alabama.
The Bulldogs have a big-time "home-state advantage" for Adams, and they've also made a good impression with the person who may matter the most in regards to his commitment—his mother.
His mom has stated that she really likes Georgia and Adams has been open about how big her role is in his decision-making process. Mark Richt and his staff need to really capitalize on that connection and talk about staying closer to home and playing for an in-state school.
Football teams are more than just teams. Often they become like a family—especially at the college level—so that's the best point to focus on for the Bulldogs.
On the flip-side of that, Georgia also has a great football team, so it can offer Adams many of the same realistic championship goals that Florida or even Alabama can.
Georgia has a great shot, but it will have to make a lasting impression on this official.
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