In BC, Montgomery Chose School, Not Coach

Tevin Montgomery

Boston College doesn't have a new coach, but it has a new commitment. Tabor Academy (Marion, Mass.) defensive tackle Tevin Montgomery committed to the Eagles, and he explained why in an interview with FOXSportsNEXT.

Tabor Academy (Marion, Mass.) defensive lineman Tevin Montgomery was looking for a school he felt comfortable at, and wasn't going to make a decision based on the coaching staff.

He proved that late Saturday by committing to Boston College, which is still looking for its new coach. He chose the Eagles over Vanderbilt and Virginia.

"It's the only school closest to where I am at, and when I moved here from Texas I had a great support staff, and I can still be surrounded by my support community," the 6-foot-4, 275-pound Montgomery said. "I would like to stay around them and I really like the school, and I enjoyed meeting recruits and type of guys I can be around.

"It's the kind of people that are around in the community. They want to strive for excellence in classroom and on the field."

Montgomery, who is going to Boston College to play defensive tackle, called his recruiting coach, tight ends coach Sean Devine, to commit.

"He talked to athletic director (Brad Bates) and got back to me," Montgomery said.

Montgomery was assured his commitment would be honored by the incoming coach, and he is comfortable with it. It brings an end to a long process in which Montgomery shut down the interview process for a few months so he could concentrate on his recruitment without distractions.

"It was really tough (making a decision), as you could see," he said. "It was a long time. It took me a long time to figure out what I wanted and where I wanted to go. I had to dig deep and really think about it and find that gut feeling. I found in at Boston College."

Montgomery is an interesting prospect because he is a basketball-turned-football player. He just completed his second season on the gridiron, and was being recruited to play offensive line and defensive tackle.

Montgomery's lack of experience on the offensive side coupled with his natural athletic talent led him to defense.

"I can use my athleticism and speed and raw talent as a defensive player," he said. "I felt like after I played two years of football and played defensive tackle at Tabor and went to Boston College, where they saw me as a defensive player, it made sense."

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