April 30, 2012

Nations #1 DT enjoys Michigan State

This past weekend Michigan State was able to hoist the #1 defensive tackle in the nation, Montravius Adams, on campus for the Green and White Game. Spartanmag.com was able to speak with the 6-foot-4, 290-pound prospect and got some details about his time in East Lansing.

A few years ago Michigan State was able to sign wide receiver Keith Mumphrey out of Dooly County High School in Vienna Georgia. This year Dooly County High is home to Adams and the Spartans staff, led by primary recruiter Dave Warner, is hoping he decides to take a long look at what Michigan State has to offer.

Adams made the trip to Michigan State with Dooly County Assistant Coach Jamaal Zanders. Coach Zanders has gone on record stating that the sky is the limit for Adams and with hard work he will be as good as he wants to be.

Adams talked with Spartanmag.com about his time at Michigan State.

"Yes I was there, he said. I had a good time. I really liked that Michigan State is a family based school."

Going down to Georgia to sign a player that the entire SEC covets is certainly never easy, but the Spartans do have several positive aspects going for them. Michigan State's defense is considered one of the best in the nation and the performance they put on against the Georgia Bulldogs in the Outback Bowl served notice that the Spartans do not have just an SEC level defense, but a top level one at that. In addition, it did not hurt that while Adams was on campus All-American defensive tackle Jerel Worthy was celebrating his selection by the Green Bay Packers.

Having a former teammate at Michigan State is what helped get Adams on campus this weekend. Spartanmag.com asked Adams about his relationship with Keith Mumphrey and the feedback he has received from him.

"I have known Keith for a while now, Adams said. He wanted me to come up to Michigan State and see what it is like. He said it is great there and I would have a great chance at staring as long as I came up and work hard."

Adams is still in the early stages of his recruitment. The visit to Michigan State has given him a good idea about what to look for and what are some of the important things in his recruitment. We talked with him about coming back up to Michigan State and what his time frame is.

"I probably will not make my decision until after my senior year, he said. I just want to go to a school where I feel the most comfortable with the players and the coaches. Michigan state wants me to come back up for an official visit so that is something I am going to consider doing."

The competition to get Adams on campus for official visits will certainly be fierce with schools like Auburn, Georgia, USC, Alabama and others all vying for his services. The Spartans are hoping that the familiarity Adams already has with the program coupled with the fact that Michigan State will likely be competing for another Big ten Championship will keep them at the forefront. With a player like Adams, the recruiting race is a marathon not a sprint and Head Coach Mark Dantonio and his staff are willing to go the distance to land the #1 player in the nation at his position.

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