DL Montgomery Goes In-depth on Top Five

Tabor Academy (Marion, Mass.) defensive lineman Tevin Montgomery gave Scout.com his five remaining schools earlier in the week, and Wednesday night he went in-depth on why Boston College, Connecticut, Rutgers, Vanderbilt and Virginia remained in the running.

The trimming process was done painstakingly, and Tabor Academy (Marion, Mass.) defensive lineman Tevin Montgomery eliminated some quality schools.

A day after revealing his final five schools of Boston College, Connecticut, Rutgers, Vanderbilt and Virginia to Scout.com, the 6-foot-4, 275-pound Montgomery talked in-depth about each one, and the process of getting to five schools.

"It was somewhat difficult because I think all the schools I had offers from are very good schools, and they all had good staffs and I enjoyed talking to them," Montgomery said. "After going through the schools with my family, guardians and people in my community, I finally came to realization I had to cut some schools off and the pros and cons of certain things and found a way to select the five."

Montgomery broke down each school, which is listed alphabetically since he doesn't have a leader.

  • Boston College: "They were the first school to offer and it's in my hometown. There's probably no better recruiting than (assistant) coach Jeff) Comissiong. He hasn't lost my trust. He keeps his word. He's honest. He tells me what it is straight up. I don't know, he's just a really good guy. I talked to him every Monday for about three-quarters of a year. It's a rising program. They produce a lot of linemen for the next level. It's a great education as well.

    "It's around the Boston community so I will have a lot of friends to come and support me at the home games and it's a really live campus. I like the school."

  • Connecticut: "They were the second school to start talking to me. I like them, and I really like (assistant) coach (Don) Brown and (assistant) coach (Hank) Hughes. Out of all the coaches recruiting me, he and (assistant) coach (Dave) Sallazzo from UMass are the ones I connect with …and it shows how passionate they are about the game, and they way they explain it and the passion they have for it is real.

    "It's something I like because it shows how passionate they are in teaching kids that come into their program. Coach Brown is a really great guy. I've been talking to him for a while and coach (Paul Pasqualoni), I really like talking to him. The whole coaching staff I like and I enjoy talking to.

    "It's not too far from home and I would still have a lot of people from Massachusetts that would be able to support me. A lot of people don't really know, but it's really up there (academically) for public university."

  • Rutgers: "It was basically off the (unofficial) visit. That visit really helped me out in deciding. I feel like school had a lot to offer that I didn't know about before I went there. The academic dean (Carl Kirschner) presented the college in the best way he could have, and he explained a lot of things to me. He seemed really straight forward too, which is what I like.

    "The campus was nice. It was a little spread out, which was good. It wasn't squeezed into one area. The facilities are nice and it looked really nice. It looked like it had a good student body that supported the football team. It seems like it's a big school, but it seems like it is a small world for the football program."

  • Vanderbilt: "Vanderbilt is a great school academically. They're 17th in the country academically, and it's in the SEC, so you're talking about the best conference in college football. Plus getting a really good education, then I also like talking to (assistant) coach (Bob) Shoop. They seem to talk be great guys. One day I would like to talk to coach (James) Franklin, but I have not talked to him yet.

    "From what I hear, it's a great school. It has a great student body and a great area and environment in Nashville. I think it will really be worthwhile going down there and checking it out. I think it will be great."

  • Virginia: "UVa is on the list because it's a great school academically, and I love talking to their staff. (Assistant) coach (Jim) Reid, coach (Mike) London, those are great guys. They talk to me with a real charismatic attitude. Coach ReiD is real easy to talk to, and coach London seems like a really good leader. He is setting the standards …and I think there are a lot of positives about that college."

Although Montgomery has seen friends Jack McDonald commit to Virginia and Maurice Hurst Jr. go with Michigan, he is not in an hurry to end his recruitment.

"I don't want to just feel pressured into doing it," he said. "I want to visit Vanderbilt and Virginia in the summer (early August), and after that have a better understanding of all the school and make my final choice after that."


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