3 Things That Make 5-Star DT Montravius Adams Special

Ian Berg@@ShugJordanPkwyCorrespondent IFebruary 1, 2013

Photo via 247Sports
Photo via 247Sports

Montravius Adams is one of the few remaining uncommitted top prospects in the 2013 recruiting class. 

He is the No. 3 defensive tackle in the country according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He is down to four schools heading into signing day with Georgia, Florida, Auburn and Clemson all being considered for his signature

His final visit of the recruiting season will come February 1 to Auburn. 

Adams is being pursued by the best teams in the country for a reason. He is a stud and brings three dynamic skills to the field that separate him from the rest of the class at the position. He has the size and athleticism to play in the 4-3 or 3-4 scheme comfortably. 

Here is a look at the three keys to this top lineman’s game.


Space Filler

One of the big positives that Adams brings to the game is his ability to fill space on rushing downs. He can take on multiple blockers, and disrupts any offense's attempt to earn ground yards through the middle of the line. 

He is athletic enough to break free of blocks and also make the tackle in the middle. Adams is raw, but his size makes him field ready for any college program as a freshman. 

He would be able to come in and assist in run support next season. This is a player that understands his body and leverage, and uses that to his advantage in the trenches. 


Initial Burst

Checking in at 6’3”, 310, it is tough to miss Adams when he takes the field. What really catches your eye is when a guy his size moves as well as he does. 

Once the ball is snapped he has the initial burst to make it past opposing linemen before they have the chance to engage. If Adams reads pass, he has the speed to make it into the backfield and create a major breakdown on the quarterback from centerfield. 

His burst off the ball will remind SEC fans of Nick Fairley—a recent Auburn Tigers defensive lineman that blasted through the competition and won every major award for the position. 

Adams may not achieve that level of success in his career, but he has the talent to do it. 


Overall Strength 

When it comes down to winning battles in the trenches, strength is a major factor. Adams has a naturally large body, but he also works hard at expanding his body for a high school level athlete. 

He will enter college game ready, and will have enough strength to challenge even the most veteran offensive linemen. 

Watching Adams progress over the next four years will be a treat for those who love defensive dominance. He will be an elite defender from day one, and will finish as one of the best linemen in the game if he can continue to develop these three key skills in his game.