Three major SEC programs will have the huge opportunity to visit 5-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams today.
Adams is one of the best defensive players in the country, and sometimes I personally wonder if he actually might be the best. He's 6'4'', 310 pounds and combines his size with a unique combination of aggressiveness, quickness, strength and technique.
He can play the 1-technique and 3-techniqe and he can even excel as a defensive end in the 3-4 playing the 5-technique. Adams is quick enough to shoot the gap and make plays in the backfield, athletic enough to be a big-time pass rusher, versatile enough to be a major force against the run game and strong enough to take on double teams and control two gaps if he needs to.
Needless to say at this point, he's going to be a major recruiting win for some lucky program.
His unofficial top five is made up of Clemson, Auburn, Alabama, Georgia and Florida, according to his 247Sports interest list, and we're nearing that point in the recruiting process when these interests are going to start getting very real, and some will fall by the wayside.
Michael Carvell of ajc.com is reporting that Adams is having a very busy day, with multiple sets of coaches visiting him at school. According to Carvell, Adams met with Georgia coaches at 8:30 am, Florida defensive line coach Bryant Young at 10 am and then Auburn coaches (including former Georgia assistant Rodney Gardner) are scheduled for 11:30 am. It's important to note that these are all assistant coaches lined up to visit.
Adams will then leave to go to Clemson for an official visit at 1 p.m., according to Carvell.
The importance of his visit to Clemson can't be overstated, but let's focus on those SEC visits for a minute. Those are three major programs visiting Adams, and they could all really benefit from landing a player of his caliber.
Which of the SEC "visitors" need to impress him the most?
At this point it's hard not to consider Auburn the outlier for Adams' commitment, so they have had the most work to do during their visit. The Tigers' future looks bright with new head coach Gus Malzahn at the helm, but Auburn recruiting has been on roller coaster ride ever since Gene Chizik and his staff were fired, and that will probably continue right up until National Signing Day.
The Tigers do have commitments from two 5-star defensive ends, Carl Lawson and Dee Liner, and playing on the same line as those two elite recruits has to be a huge draw for Adams, but Lawson's commitment appears to be in jeopardy (he's also taking an official to Clemson), and that would be a major loss for the Tigers.
Auburn can barely hold on to an elite commitment now, so the Tigers are really going to have to work hard to convince Adams that the rebuild will be quick. Auburn also didn't make it onto his list of programs that he wants to officially visit.
The good thing about unofficial lists is that they can quickly change, but there's no doubting the fact that Auburn is behind the eight ball in regards to Adams' commitment.
That makes this visit incredibly important for the Auburn staff, because time is quickly running out.
The Tigers don't have much longer to get back in the game.