March 4, 2011

Keeping tabs on Montgomery

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One of the top wide receiver prospects in the state of Florida this year is Winter Park product D'Vario Montgomery. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound prospect is being heavily recruited on a national level and currently holds more than 20 verbal offers. The Ohio State Buckeyes haven't yet extended an offer to Montgomery, but they are keeping tabs on the talented pass-catcher.

"I haven't (talked to the coaches) yet," Montgomery explained. "I really don't know too much about them right now so I'm trying to do some research."

In addition to Ohio State Montgomery says he is hearing from dozens of schools. When asked which other schools have shown the most interest, he replied, "USF, Florida, Duke, Kentucky, Arizona, LSU, Miami (FL), Florida State, Iowa State, UCF, Cincinnati, East Carolina, FIU, FAU, and that's all I can really think of right now."

Montgomery has not yet begun to narrow his list down and is hoping to get out to see some of these schools in person over the spring.

"I really haven't had time to go around and do any visits," he said. "So because of that, I really can't say which schools I like and which I don't yet. I'm planning on going on some visits (in the spring) but I'm just not sure where yet."

Once he is able to get out and take some unofficial visits, Montgomery knows exactly what he will be looking for.

"Academics, I really want to finish college," he said. "I want to start as a freshman. I know it takes a lot to come in and start as a freshman but I'm willing to put the work in. I'll also be looking at the football program."

As a bigger athlete, some schools are actually recruiting Montgomery as a linebacker, though he would prefer to play wide receiver at the next level.

"I just like lining up in front of somebody," he explained. "They're in front of you trying to compete and you're in front of them trying to compete and we'll see who is the better man."

Montgomery is coming off an outstanding junior season in which he was a first team all-county selection but he's bound and determined to improve to have an even bigger senior year.

"Basically (I'm working on) my speed and cutting with my routes, things like that," he said. "I don't really think my speed is a weakness but I just want to get it higher so when I get to college I don't really have to adjust to (the speed of the game)."


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