Steve Montgomery is a standout DB prospect from Miramar…
Caught Off Guard
Steve Montgomery, the 5-foot-11, 187-pound three-star cornerback from Miramar, Fla., had Maryland as the team to beat in late November, but after the firing of head coach Ralph Friedgen, he says he no longer has a favorite. "I'm waiting to see what happens with the coach," Montgomery said about the ‘Terps. "It's weird that he won't be coming back. Coach Friedgen won ACC Coach of the Year, so I don't get why they fired him. I was definitely caught off guard by that." Montgomery says he spoke with Maryland's defensive coordinator, Don Brown, following the news about coach Friedgen. "He says he was surprised too," he said. "He seemed pretty upset by it and didn't really have much to say." Despite the coaching change, Montgomery is still interested in the ‘Terps. "I just want to see what happens," he said. "I've heard rumors that Mike Leach might be coming in, so I'll be looking into that. "I know he was doing good at Texas Tech, but I didn't like the situation around his firing either," he admitted. "I guess I'll do some research on him." Montgomery was supposed to visit Maryland on Jan. 15, but says he's unsure if that visit still stands. A coaching change effected Montgomery's recruiting earlier this year as well. Montgomery visited Minnesota on Sept. 18 when they played USC and he says the trip went great. "But then they fired coach Tim Brewster," he said about the Gophers. "After that I didn't hear from them, so I kind of backed off." That changed when the Gophers hired former Northern Illinois coach Jerry Kill. "He was recruiting me at Northern Illinois," he said. "And he immediately started recruiting me for Minnesota. The defensive coordinator (Tracy Claeys) came to my house and that showed me they were very interested." On Jan. 8, Montgomery plans to visit West Virginia. "That's a program that is always pretty good and they get national exposure," he said. "Three guys from my school go there and they say it's a real nice family atmosphere. But I'm keeping an eye on their coaching situation too." The situation that Montgomery is referring to is the announcement that West Virginia made that Dana Holgorsen will become the coach-in-waiting. Holgorsen will be the Mountaineers offensive coordinator next season and will take over as head coach from Bill Stewart in 2012. Montgomery plans on taking his final official visit on Jan. 28, to Memphis. "They were one of the first schools to recruit me," he said. "I like how they're coming up and improving and I know I could come in and play right away there." He says he won't make a decision until near signing day. "I want to play early and make sure I fit into the defense scheme," he said. "I don't want to redshirt and all four of these schools told me that I'd play early." Montgomery plans to major in communications and reports a 2.6 core GPA, a 19 ACT and 910 SAT.
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