Scout's No. 1 Rated Tackle High On the Tigers

Montravis Adams discusses his visit to Auburn's Big Cat Weekend.

Vienna, Ga.--Montravius Adams is No. 1 on Scout.com's list of defensive tackle prospects for the 2013 signee class. On Saturday after visiting Auburn's Big Cat Weekend, the massive lineman said Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers are high on his list.

Adams said his recruiting plan is to narrow his list of suitors to six by the end of the season and then make a decision. He said that Auburn will definitely be on his list of finalists along with Clemson.

A plus for Auburn is that his mother made the visit to the AU campus and she liked what she saw. "That was her first visit (to a college)," he noted. "I think it was my third time (to visit) Auburn."

Adams noted that he is considering following in the footsteps of two of his favorite players, quarterback Cam Newton and defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who were All-Americans on Auburn's 2010 national championship team. He noted it would be a "great honor" to play at the same college Fairley and Newton attended.

The Class of 2013 prospect said it is also a big honor to be ranked the No. 1 prospect at his position in the entire country by Scout.com. "It means a lot to me," he said. "It means they think I am really good that they have me rated so high. I want to get better so I am go to still keep working hard to get better."

Montravis Adams said he is up to 6-4, 295 pounds.

As a junior he made 84 tackles with 45 of them coming behind the line of scrimmage. He is particularly effective at blowing up running plays on handoffs deep in the backfield or on sweeps. "Mostly it is my quickness off the ball and change of direction that lets me do that," he said. "I like to get after the guy with the ball."

When Auburn's coaches had him on campus, they showered the defensive tackle with plenty of attention.

"It was supposed to be a big party and everything, but most of the time I was meeting with the coaches. I talked to Coach Chiz, Coach (Mike) Pelton and Coach Trooper (Trooper Taylor), and I also talked to Coach (Brian) VanGorder, the defensive coordinator. We talked about the position I would be playing for them.

"At the position I would be playing, we went over some plays about what I would do in that situation. If I am getting blocked, what I do to get him off me before I go make the tackle."

Another plus for Auburn, according to Adams. is that he has a good relationship with Pelton, who coaches Auburn's defensive tackles. Pelton also comes recommended by his high school coach, who Pelton coached at Troy.

Adams said that he plans to hit the summer camp circuit with some of his teammates, but he said he will be there to watch the coaches give instruction with technique for ideas he can use to become even more productive as a senior.


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