The Tampa area is known to produce quick, highly athletic football players, so it’s a fertile recruiting ground for Division I scouts and coaches. Hillsborough High is one of the programs in the vicinity bolstering its roster with top players, and four-star cornerback Ken Montgomery is rapidly ascending on the recruiting trail.
“It’s been pretty fine,” Montgomery told Today’s U. “I’m just trying to make the best of it because it’s a once in a lifetime thing, so I’m trying to have fun and be disciplined and make good decisions with it.”
Maryland was the latest school to come in with an offer for Montgomery, and the lengthy defensive back picked up a scholarship offer from the Terrapins’ program on Labor Day.
— Ken Montgomery Jr❗️ (@KenKensmiley5) September 5, 2016
Montgomery mentioned that Maryland is not a school he had been expecting to pick up an offer from so soon, but the Terps have really ramped up their interest in Montgomery lately. In fact, when the contact period began on September 1, Maryland first began to show interest and have continued ever seen, eventually culminating in Monday’s offer.
Apart from the Big Ten school, Montgomery has fielded interest from a host of Division-I programs. Montgomery, who ranks as the No. 27 cornerback in the 2018 class according to 247Sports.com, touched on what schools he hears from the most since September 1st.
“Schools I’ve heard from the most are Louisville, Arkansas, Oregon State,” Montgomery said. “I’ve been hearing a lot from USC and Tennessee.”
Montgomery said Louisville, Arkansas, Oregon State, USC and Tennessee are all working to schedule a time when the Florida prospect can make it onto their campus this fall, adding that “every school” he hears from is angling to receive a visit. But as it stands now, Montgomery is still planning what his visit timeline will resemble.
“The first thing I’m going to be looking for is the environment and then second is the academics because I’m very big on academics,” Montgomery said. “Those are probably the main two things I’ll be looking for.”
Once arriving in college, Montgomery plans to major in Sports Broadcasting due to his connection with people and penchant for explaining his position on issues, mainly in the sports arena.
“I love people,” Montgomery said. “I just like getting my point across and I have a lot of favorite athletes that do stuff on ESPN.”
Maryland stands No. 2 in the country for his prospective major, so that is one feather in the Terps’ hat after extending an offer Monday. But Montgomery, who also holds offers from Kentucky, USC, Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee, among others, says he would prefer to play in either the SEC or Pac-12, adding that location will not play a role in his decision.
In terms of his junior season, Montgomery has played in one game during 2016, a contest in which he logged four tackles, one interception and one pass deflection.
“Our season has been going well and our team is improving from last year,” Montgomery said. “We have a lot of leadership going on, so our season has been going pretty cool.
“I would grade my performance probably a B-plus because my team needed me in there to help out a lot. My leadership improved, so I’d give myself a B.”
During the offseason, Montgomery, who described himself as a “natural athlete” worked the most on studying film in the offseason. This was so that he would be more informed on where he should be and his assignments rolling into the 2016 season, an area the Hillsborough athlete feels he improved on mightily. Look for Montgomery to continue improving on a weekly basis as he strives to collect more offers along the way.