Who Is the Favorite for 5-Star DT Montravius Adams?

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterFebruary 5, 2013

Dooly County, Ga. DT Montravius Adams / Photo: 247Sports.com
Dooly County, Ga. DT Montravius Adams / Photo: 247Sports.com

Recruits are committing earlier and earlier in the recruiting process these days, but this season, several elite prospects are gonna make coaches and fans sweat it out all the way to national signing day.

One of those prospects who is taking it down to the wire is Dooly County (Ga.) defensive tackle Montravius Adams.

The 5-star defensive tackle is rated as the nation's No. 10 overall prospect by the 247Sports.com composite index; and has narrowed his choices down to Clemson, Auburn, Georgia and Alabama.

The 6'4", 310-pounder has the size and quickness to step in and become a force on the defensive front wherever he goes.

So which team will win the Adams sweepstakes on Wednesday?

It appears that the Auburn Tigers have all of the momentum, after Adams visited the Plains on the final weekend before national signing day—when several top prospects were also on official visits. 

That may be enough to get him over the top, as JC Shurburtt and Gerry Hamilton of 247Sports.com have both projected Adams to sign on the dotted line with Auburn. New head coach Gus Malzahn's ability to close strong, coupled with the presence of ace-recruiter Rodney Garner on the Tiger staff, makes Auburn an unexpected favorite for Adams.

While the Tiger defense was more of a punchline than a power in 2012, the defensive line is actually pretty strong with Dee Ford, Nosa Eguae, Kenneth Carter, Angelo Blackson, Jeffrey Whitaker and Gabe Wright all back. That may seem like a traffic jam on paper, but a defensive line that can rotate at will not only helps teams win, but it helps individual athletes stay strong for the long haul.

Because Auburn got the last at bat, and seemingly hit the ball out of the park, they're likely considered the favorite at this point.

Don't count out Clemson though. Adams visited Clemson on Jan. 11, and has always had the Tigers at or near the top of his list.

But as Hamilton noted in his projections last week, there has been buzz growing that playing in the SEC is becoming more and more of a factor in Adams' decision-making.

How much of a factor is the SEC? We'll find out. But those rumors circulating so close to national signing day has to make Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney sweat a bit.

Adams enjoyed his visit to Georgia two weekends ago, impressing his mother in the process. Because he is familiar with the campus and seemed on the brink of committing upon his return, it's not far-fetched at all to say that the Bulldogs are very much in it.

Alabama isn't being talked about as much in regards to Adams. But head coach Nick Saban has made a name for himself as one of college football's top closers.

Will the buzz from Adams' final official visit to the Plains wear off in time for him to sign on the dotted line with Clemson, Georgia or Alabama? The experts don't think so, and neither do I.

But if we know anything about the recruiting process, it's to expect the unexpected.