Just a quick recap of what this countdown is. Over the next few weeks, we will take a look at our choices for the 25 people who will have a short-term and a long-term effect on the rebuilding of the Auburn football program.
13) Montravius Adams, freshman, defensive tackle
Among the schools pursuing Adams right up to signing day, Auburn was considered to be the ugly stepsister at the ball. Georgia, Clemson and Alabama (in whichever order was in Adams’ mind; or that of many recruiting analysts) were the forerunners. Auburn was just kind of … there. And then Rodney Garner pulled off the stunner, coaxing Adams to pick the Tigers. Which is what elicited that reaction you see above, when Adams presented himself in that airbrushed hat and shirt on Feb. 6.
This is a big deal because Adams is a big dude. He’ll join another group of large men soon; at 6-foot-3, 310 pounds as a high schooler, Adams supplements the cast of Angelo Blackson, Ben Bradley, JaBrian Niles, Jeffrey Whitaker and Gabe Wright who break 300-pound scales. (Niles and Wright were under 300 last year, as was Kenneth Carter, who’s moved from tackle to end.) Throw in Garner’s acumen for teaching inside techniques, and expect Adams to be part of a very good run defense for a very long time.