D’Vario Montgomery broke onto the Sunshine State’s football scene in a hurry, moving away from North Louisiana his freshman year and immediately becoming a starter at Winter Park High outside of Orlando, Fla.
“The move was a great one for us,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of fun and my family is happy. I grew up in Louisiana and went to Sterlington, so I know the Monroe area well. It was just time for a change.”
Last summer Scout.com tabbed Montgomery as one of the five best receivers at Friday Night Lights, a Gainesville-based event packed with the state’s top talent. With the body of an outside linebacker, the 6-foot-3, 211-pounder ran crisp routes and impressed with his consistent hands and leaping ability.
Prior to that, Montgomery – as a sophomore – led Winter Park on an undefeated path to the title at the USF Sling-and-Shoot Tournament, where they topped Dr. Phillips for the title.
After a junior campaign where Montgomery grabbed 48 catches for close to 1,100 yards and 13 touchdowns, college coaches started sending in scholarship offers.
Montgomery said he has entertained the idea of returning to Louisiana for college, which put even more meaning behind the LSU offer that came across from wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales.
“We first started talking through Facebook, and eventually I got with him and he told me they had an offer waiting on me over in Baton Rouge,” he said. “I told them I really wanted to visit. It will probably be in the spring, maybe for a practice or the Spring Game.”
Montgomery was unable to attend USF or Florida’s Junior Days on Saturday because of the ACT. He said his next stop, beyond making a few practices on campuses this spring, would be summer camps.
“I will probably go out to two camps, maybe three,” he said. “We do a lot of team stuff, so I’ll be wrapped up with 7-on-7 games. I feel like I lot of schools that I was interested in have offered and been in contact, so I don’t think I’ll have to go out and prove myself to coaches at camps. It will be more about visiting the campus and meeting everyone.”
Where do the Tigers stack up as his process heats up?
“They are up there at the top as one of the teams I am most serious about,” said Montgomery. “Now I just have to decide if I want to go back home to play ball. I’m just not completely sure yet.
“I am going to keep talking with coach Gonzales and then set up that visit. They will probably come down here in the spring, too. I know a lot of other coaches are planning on doing that. I'm looking forward to LSU, though. It's a school I am thinking hard about, because I could see myself committing and going back there. I just need to know all my options.”
Montgomery said he does not have a timeframe for his decision and hopes to make five official visits next fall.