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Montravius Adams feels honored

11/8/2012

VIENNA, Ga. -- Over the last three years, Montravius Adams of Vienna (Ga.) Dooly County has spent most of his time on the football field in the opponent's backfield. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound defensive tackle has racked up 233 tackles over that time, including an astounding 45 tackles for loss as a junior.

Dooly County head coach Jimmy Hughes said Adams can do it all.

"Montravius plays tight end, defensive end, defensive tackle, punts, kicks off and even plays some running back in the red zone for us," Hughes said. "He is a joy to coach because he knows he still has a lot to learn. He has helped make everyone better and his recognition has helped motivate the other kids in our program."

Because of his prowess on the gridiron, Adams was presented with a 2013 Under Armour All-America Game jersey on Thursday, as part of the American Family Insurance Selection Tour. His mother, grandma, nephew, three sisters and two cousins were in attendance for the ceremony.

"It feels great to put Dooly County on the map and to be in such a big game," Adams said. "I am happy to inspire others in this town to work hard and do big things."

As he watched his mom, Debbie Young, stood proudly from across the room, Adams thought about the long night shifts she has worked for the past 14 years, most recently at the local Tyson Foods plant. With his father not part of his life, it was on Young to take care of Montravius and his three sisters.

"I am really thankful for what she has sacrificed," Adams said, "just so I can play this game. I hope to make her proud."

Young said her son has never gotten into trouble, only needing simple advice to prevent him from harm's way.

"I always told him to think what about he does before he does it," Young said. "He always thought of me and I am thankful that my kids never got in trouble."

Although he met him for the first time last weekend, Adams was not surprised at all to hear of the No. 1 prospect in the country, Robert Nkemdiche of Loganville (Ga.) Grayson High School, decommitting from Clemson. The two spent last Saturday in Athens, Ga., watching the University of Georgia defeat Ole Miss, where Nkemdiche's brother is as standout on defense.

"Some people will question why Nkemdiche decommitted, but I can see why," Adams said. "Family is very important. If my mom did not like a school I was considering, I would most likely not go there."

On Wednesday, the updated ESPN 150 was released, with Adams given five-star status as the No. 1 defensive tackle, the No. 3 prospect in Georgia and the No. 7 prospect in the country. When he gets down to Buena Vista, Fla. for Under Armour practice, Adams intends on proving that it is he, not Nkemdiche, that deserves to be atop the ESPN 150.

"I am ready to show that I am the best player in the country," Adams said.

Adams plans to take an unofficial visit to Clemson this weekend with his mom, and will also take her to the Iron Bowl to watch Alabama take on Auburn on Nov. 24 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He is expected to set his official visits after his season, but has mentioned several times that three of them will go to LSU, USC and Oregon.