AUBURN, Ala. – Defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson has a couple of brand-new, top-shelf toys to play with.
About an hour after 5-star defensive end Carl Lawson affirmed his commitment to the Tigers, 5-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams went on ESPNU’s live coverage of national signing day and announced he was good to go to Auburn, after previously favoring Alabama, Clemson and Georgia.
“It was mostly based on my family, where I think would be the best place for me to go for the next three to four years,” Adams told in-studio host Rece Davis in a short interview.
At the podium at Dooly County High School, Adams put on an AU cap, and took off his jacket to reveal a tie-dyed t-shirt with ‘Auburn’ splayed across the chest.
“I love the coaches there, I love the players there, and it’s just the place that I think I want to be,” Adams said.
In a moment which might have gotten awkward, Davis asked Adams about picking Auburn even with the coaching change … with former Tigers coach Gene Chizik seated two people away, part of ESPNU’s team of analysts.
“Well, Auburn was a team that I already liked, and when all their coaches got fired, kind of (thought) I was not going to go there,” Adams said. “But I gave them a second chance, and I’ll end up going there.”
According to Maxpreps.com statistics, Adams totaled 127 tackles, (31 for a loss) and 7.5 sacks his senior year. He had 32.5 sacks the last three years.
Following his official visit this past weekend, Adams said he “got along real good” with the other recruits and current players, bonding with fellow Georgia defensive tackle Gabe Wright. Adams’ mother joined him on the trip, also approving of primary recruiter Rodney Garner – who was hired away from Georgia in late December.
Lawson and Adams have been joined by a whopping ten 4-star signees Wednesday morning, including longtime commits Jeremy Johnson, Earnest Robinson, Jason Smith and Cameron Toney, as well as recent pledges Tony Stevens, Dominic Walker, Nic Marshall and Peyton Barber. The Tigers also have flipped Elijah Daniel and Deon Mix away from Ole Miss.
Auburn has risen to No. 10 in 247Sports.com’s composite team rankings, as of 10 a.m.