Commitment #10

Iowa State has added another piece to its 2006 recruiting class and it just happens to be another good sized wide receiver.

Derron Montgomery, 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, committed to Iowa State on Saturday. He said loyalty was a big part of his choice to become a Cyclone.


"They showed me that they really wanted me," he said. "They just really kept in contact with me more than any other school. I was talking to Coach Alford just about every day since the summertime."


Montgomery said Iowa State has been recruiting him since his sophomore year of high school at South Garland (Texas). He had numerous other offers from the likes of Arizona, Kansas, Oklahoma State, SMU, Kansas State, Colorado State, Tulane, Baylor, Utah, Minnesota and Houston.


Montgomery's senior year was cut short when he suffered an ACL tear a couple weeks ago during a game.


"I was planting on my right leg and I was changing directions and I twisted my knee and it tore right there," Montgomery said. "I actually ran another play because I didn't think anything of it, it didn't hurt then. I just thought I popped my knee, that's what it felt like.


"So I ran another play and it popped again so I ran over to the sideline and that's when the team doctor was examining and told me there was a possible tear. So then I went to the doctor and he told me it was torn."


The rehabilitation is going well and Montgomery said he is scheduled for surgery next week.


"The doctor said the progress I'm showing right now is way above average," he said. "There are things I'm doing that I wouldn't be able to do normally if I had torn anything serious."


He said so far it hasn't been very painful.


"I didn't feel no pain at all," he said. "It barely hurts now. It only hurts when I stand on it too long."


Montgomery is done for the football season, but he will be able to run track in the spring. He runs the 400 and 200; his 40 time is 4.43.


Garland, Texas might sound familiar to Cyclone fans, Iowa State's DeAndre Jackson hails from there and Iowa State is also recruiting Jackson's brother Devin McDowell, who attends Garland High School.


The addition of Montgomery might also mean the addition of McDowell.


"Me and Devin are real close," Montgomery said. "I believe he might [commit to Iowa State], because me and him this summer were talking about being roommates at Iowa State if we both committed."


Football talent runs in Montgomery's family; his father is former Philadelphia Pro-Bowler running back Wilburt Montgomery, who currently coaches for the St. Louis Rams.


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