January 12, 2010

2011 Intro: Steven Montgomery

After playing five times in the state of Florida this year the Georgia Tech football team has caught the attention of a lot of 2011 recruits. Among the underclassmen, looking at the Jackets is speedy defensive back Steven Montgomery. The Hollywood, Fla. five-foot-ten corner recently participated in the Army National Combine and he is now back to work at McArthur High School.

"I think I did well there was a lot of competition out there and I was able to compete with some of the best players in the nation," he said. "The one-on-ones went well and I held my own in the individual drills as well. There were many great receivers there. They had a great variety of both speedy receivers and big physical receivers. It was good test. Some of the people there gave me a lot of props afterward."

After going through the various drills and competitions, Montgomery got some valuable feedback to help improve his stock.

"I talked to a lot of the players there and we talked about a lot of different things. I talked to some of the coaches and the scouts that were there look us over," he said. "They told me I need to work on breaking on deep routes of 20 yards or more and comebacks."

One receiver was a particularly difficult matchup, Kasen Williams the six-foot-one almost 200-pound receiver from Washington.

"On the offensive side of the ball there was a receiver from Seattle (Kasen Williams) that balled out. He was pretty good," Montgomery said.

As far as his recruitment goes, several teams are already piquing Montgomery's interest in the ACC and SEC. Georgia Tech is one of the schools that has made an impression early in the process.

"I really like Georgia Tech I like the defense they play and the way they have used their safeties in the past. When I talked to one of the coaches they thought I could play safety too," he said. "That is a great thing. A lot of colleges want me to play corner, but I like both safety and corner equally, so that is a good thing."

The in-state ACC powers will also have a chance at landing Montgomery because he is so familiar with both programs.

"One of the other schools I am interested in is Florida State and I would love to either play there or compete against them if I went to Georgia Tech. It would be hard to turn down a scholarship offer from them though. I like Miami a lot too. That is where my family is and every one is always pushing me to go there. I talk to Coach McGriff from there, he is a nice guy and I like the atmosphere there."

As far as junior day visits go, Montgomery is still trying to figure out which schools will get a visit. He has one lined up with LSU and he might head up to Knoxville as well.

"I am supposed to be going to some junior days coming up, so that is the only thing I am doing as far as recruiting goes right now," he said. "So far I have had one reply from LSU as far as the junior day goes. I am waiting to hear back from a couple of other schools. I am supposed to be going up to Tennessee too. I would like to go to as many junior days as I can. I went to Alabama's last year and had a really good time. As many invites as I get I will probably take them."

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