Did Visit to Georgia Shake Up 5-Star DT Montravius Adams' Recruitment?

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 31, 2013

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

The Georgia Bulldogs may have had a game-changing moment in the final days before 5-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams has to make his decision.

Adams' recruitment has been rather wide open for the most part, with Clemson, Georgia, Florida, Auburn and Alabama all in the running at one point or another. Currently, though, his top two consists of Georgia and Clemson, according to his 247Sports interests list.

Clemson was the first program to make him an offer and all indications are that he really likes the Tigers' program. Dabo Swinney and his staff seem to be a major contender for the elite defensive tackle, but all of that could quickly change due to the latest developments on the recruiting trail for Adams.

The 5-star defensive tackle just took an official visit to Georgia and said visit could end up being the defining moment of his recruitment when we look back on it. He's been open about his mother playing a big role in the process for him, and she reportedly enjoyed the visit, according to Jake Rowe of UGASports.com:

Prior to his UGA visit, Adams told UGASports that the main purpose of his trip to Athens was to give his mother a chance to spend time with the people inside Georgia's program.

Adams says that goal was accomplished.

"She liked it," said Adams when asked what his mother thought of the visit to Georgia. "Just getting to meet the people and see how friendly they are and whether they are good people or not."

Adams also had this to say about Georgia, per Rowe's report:

"Really, I went up there to see if I could really see myself there," he said. "I went to hang out with the players because you never know about a coach. He may leave one day. I went to see if I could get a good bond with the players. It went pretty good. I could see myself there."

Rowe did report that Adams could see himself playing at all of the considered schools, but the sentiment is still there for Georgia.

That, plus the fact that his mother liked the visit, has the Bulldogs looking very good in the days leading up to national signing day. It's also worth noting that Adams is from Vienna, Georgia, so the Bulldogs should have a bit of in-state pull with the elite recruit. 

The smallest advantages can be huge on the recruiting trail, and Georgia definitely put itself in a great position to have an advantage for Adams when all is said and done. He will be visiting Auburn this weekend, but for all intents and purposes, the Tigers seems like an outlier—unless Gus Malzahn and his staff can make an A-plus pitch to Adams.

With Georgia and Clemson seemingly having the edge for Adams, this visit and subsequent in-home visit was huge for the Bulldogs. 

Swinney and the Clemson Tigers do have an in-home visit coming up on Friday with Adams (per Rowe), but it could be a case of too little to late for Clemson.

The Georgia Bulldogs made a big push this week, and this is the week that matters. Georgia has definitely shaken up the tone of Adams' recruitment.

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