During the past 48 hours, 247Sports national analyst Keith Niebuhr has made stops in Vienna, Ga., Fort Valley, Ga., Saluda, S.C., and Hope Mills, N.C., to meet up with a quartet of highly rated players. One of them -- Montravius Adams -- is a five-star prospect. Another -- Greg Gilmore -- will announce his commitment Thursday with LSU and Florida being the primary teams in play. Here is Niebuhr's report from the road.
Montravius Adams will name his leaders after the season.
Montravius Adams, DT, Vienna (Ga.) Dooly County (Class of 2013)
Recruiting Update- The country's No. 1-ranked defensive tackle has not named a leader and is very careful with his words, as to give few hints. Right now, though, it seems as if Clemson, Georgia and Florida are in the top group with Auburn (because of its on-field struggles) slipping a little. Alabama is another school to watch. He visited the Tide two weeks ago and will be back for the Iron Bowl later this month. After a strong visit with his mother to Georgia this past weekend, the Bulldogs seem to be gaining some momentum. Georgia had a somewhat slow start with Adams, but we're now told the Bulldogs are giving him the full-court press, and Adams is liking the vibe.
Prospect Note- Adams was not in the best shape when the season began. According to his coach, he also wasn't as focused early in the season as he should have been, possibly because of all the attention he has received from outside sources. But during the course of the fall, he has shed 15 to 20 pounds and his focus has returned. The result is that he is now playing his best football.
Demarcus Robinson, WR, Fort Valley (Ga.) Peach County (Class of 2013)
Recruiting Update- Robinson, a Top247 prospect, committed to Clemson in July but Florida and Notre Dame are hanging around. Of the two, right now it seems as if the Irish are the bigger threat. Robinson visited South Bend, Ind., last weekend and by all accounts things went very well. Distance is a factor, but his mother has given him the go-ahead to attend school there if he wants. Florida seems to be dropping a little at the moment. At least twice, he planned to attend games there but didn't make it. The Gators must get him on campus soon. Robinson, who might early enroll, will be at Clemson this weekend, so the Tigers will have another chance to solidify his commitment. Robinson has been impressed by the Clemson offense, and that is perhaps the biggest thing working in the Tigers' favor.
Prospect Note- Robinson missed a game two weeks ago and did not practice Monday. The reason: He has been suffering from back spasms. He doesn't think it's a major concern.
Dexter Wideman, DT, Saluda (S.C.) (Class of 2014)
Recruiting Update- At this stage of the recruiting process (and it's pretty early), in-state schools Clemson and South Carolina have to be considered the teams to beat. Wideman, the No. 103 player in his class, has visited each multiple times this fall. Those two schools have offered, along with Michigan, which he hopes to visit sometime in 2013 just to see if he likes it. According to Wideman, he has built solid relationships with his primary recruiters from both Clemson and South Carolina, and he sees positives with each school. Both programs have made an appearance at Saluda this fall. Look for Wideman to attend the upcoming Clemson-South Carolina game. He said he's a long way off from picking a college.
Prospect Note- More than likely, additional offers are coming. Asked if there was one school in particular he'd like one from, Wideman replied, "Alabama." The Tide currently are showing strong interest.
Greg Gilmore, DT, Hope Mills (N.C.) South View (Class of 2013)
Recruiting Update- The recruitment of the No. 112 prospect and No. 8 defensive tackle is winding down. Gilmore made official visits to Florida, LSU and Oklahoma but this certainly appears to be a Gators-Tigers battle. LSU had the edge for a long time, but Gilmore had an excellent visit to Florida in September that seemingly closed the gap. This past weekend, he was in Baton Rouge, La., and he also gave that trip rave reviews. Gilmore's mother is a key complement here, and she is pro-Florida. That said, it sounds like she has given her blessing should Gilmore want to attend LSU. Gilmore said Tuesday he still hadn't made up his mind, but planned to do so Wednesday. His announcement takes place Thursday on ESPNU. Both schools think they have a shot, with LSU perhaps being a little more confident because it led throughout the process. That said, it would not be a shock if Gilmore landed at Florida. At this point, this one is still too close to call from our point of view.
Prospect Note- Gilmore is serous about improving his footwork. To do so, he's playing for his school's tennis team. At practice Tuesday, Gilmore's coach told 247Sports that the 273-pound Gilmore actually is a pretty solid player.