HOOVER, Ala. - Auburn defensive tackle Montravius Adams almost didn't wear orange and blue. The five-star high school standout grew up in Vienna, Georgia, attending Dooly County High School. His mother, Debbie Young, loved their recruiting visit to the University of Georgia.
"Really, the reason I play this game, is for my mother," said Adams. "I love my mother to death."
Instead, Young, a single mother, told her son to choose the school that made him feel the most comfortable. For Adams, Auburn was family, and his mom backed the choice.
"She's my biggest critic and my biggest fan," he said. "It's hard to explain, your mother brings so much to you."
Throughout his childhood, Young worked the second shift at the Tyson Plant to provide for Adams and his sisters. He promised Young long ago that she would one day be able to stop working.
As a rising senior, Adams considered turning pro this spring. Instead of cashing in on the chance at an NFL contract, though, he decided to return to the Tigers for his senior season and his degree. Adams is slated to graduate in December.
He also had a special message at SEC Media Days on Monday for the woman who inspires him most.
"Today is my mother's birthday and I would like to wish my mom a happy birthday," he said.