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After last weekend's tough loss at Florida, LSU will be looking to bounce back this weekend at South Carolina. A good showing by the Tigers could leave a very big impression on several prospects in the Palmetto State that plan to be in attendance, including Sam Montgomery from Greenwood.

At 6’4, 230 pounds, Montgomery is one of the best and most athletic defensive ends in the entire country. His coaches at Greenwood High School recognize his wide range of talents and are doing their best to make sure he is able to showcase all of them this season.

 

“I’ve been moving around everywhere on the defense,” Montgomery said. “They’ve had me at defensive end, linebacker, and every other position on the defensive line. It’s been a pretty fun experience and I have gotten a lot better at pass rushing this year.”

 

Montgomery says that he has close to 70 tackles thus far and his team is sitting at 3-4 heading into the eighth week of the season.

 

As for recruiting, as always, Montgomery is still taking the process very seriously. He recently named a list of top schools, in no particular order - LSU, USC, Clemson, Michigan, South Carolina, Oklahoma State, North Carolina, Miami, Alabama, Oregon, Tennessee, and North Carolina State.

 

He announced his list before news broke of Tommy Bowden stepping down at Clemson earlier this week. Did that move hurt the home state Tigers in Montgomery’s eyes?


“To be honest, I am interested in Clemson because of Vic Koening and Ron West,” he said. “If they were to leave that would really be a problem for me with Clemson. And I’d definitely be interested in wherever they ended up. But I feel like losing interest in them now would be like a school pulling a scholarship from an injured player. I feel like I owe it to the people of South Carolina to give a look at the home state schools.”

 

While Clemson and the rest of the schools on that list are not necessarily his finalists, Montgomery says he doesn’t foresee too many changes being made.

 

“I have my top list finally,” he said. “It's not set in stone or anything like that, but it’s going to be hard for other teams to slide in there. Really the only ones that have a chance to be added are Penn State and Nevada.

 

“I’ll be taking my official visits to schools on that list,” Montgomery continued. “I’m not sure of all five of them yet, but I know LSU, Michigan, and Oklahoma State will get one, but I don’t have any dates set yet. I probably will not visit Clemson or South Carolina officially. And the schools I do visit will not necessarily be my finalists.”

 

Montgomery says he plans on taking his decision all the way to signing day but he did say that he could announce his selection at the UnderArmour All-American game on the first weekend in January if he’s ready.

 

It’s obvious that Montgomery will be doing plenty of traveling to different schools between now and the beginning of February, and he says his decision will likely come down to the school that just feels right.

 

“When I visit a school, I’m just looking for them to be friendly and real,” said the 4-star prospect. “I don’t like when people act fake, and I can tell when they are doing it. It’s just going to be one of those things where I feel the most comfortable. Things like the atmosphere, location, and how nice the campus is will all factor into that. And by location I mean I want the campus to be in a town or city, not in the middle of nowhere. I’m not talking about distance, because it’s really not a problem to leave home.”

 

With his focus narrowed down to 12 schools, Montgomery can finally begin taking steps forward to prepare himself for his decision in the coming months. The first step will be this weekend.

 

“I will be at the LSU-South Carolina game this weekend,” Montgomery said. “I’m anxious to see how the South Carolina defense stands up against LSU’s offense.”

 

The game on Saturday will be Montgomery’s first chance to see the Tigers in person this year, but not the first time he has watched them.

 

“I watched LSU play Auburn a few weeks ago,” said the nation’s 7th ranked defensive end. “They are a powerhouse. They have a lot of great kids that love to run and hit. They’re so competitive, and I love that about them.”

 

Most of the credit for Montgomery’s sustained interest in the Tigers undoubtedly goes to defensive line coach Earl Lane, who has done an outstanding job of recruiting the standout defender.

 

“Coach Lane is actually coming to watch me play this Friday,” he said. “I talked with him and coach Miles on the phone last week and I speak to them every week. We stay in contact and talk about football and other stuff. We laugh. We have a good relationship going. Lately we’ve been talking about other stuff outside of football, like school and girls. They are more concerned with me as a person than a football player. I really like that. LSU will definitely be getting one of my official visits.”

 

When TigerSportsDigest.com spoke to Montgomery earlier this summer, he mentioned he had certain tests for coaches that came to visit him.

 

LSU fans can rest easily because Lane seems to have passed his test with flying colors.

 

“Yes, I’m still doing my little tests when they come to visit me,” Montgomery said. “There are a couple that haven’t done too well on them, but coach Lane passed his. When people come to my hometown, you can tell how they act by putting them in different situations. He came down and met everybody I asked him to meet. He wasn’t in a rush, busy, or cocky. He’s a strong man and I respect that. He was talking with everybody and showing off his ring to people. He was just having fun.”


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“To be honest, I am interested in Clemson because of Vic Koening and Ron West,” he said. “If they were to leave that would really be a problem for me with Clemson. And I’d definitely be interested in wherever they ended up. But I feel like losing interest in them now would be like a school pulling a scholarship from an injured player. I feel like I owe it to the people of South Carolina to give a look at the home state schools.”

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While Clemson and the rest of the schools on that list are not necessarily his finalists, Montgomery says he doesn’t foresee too many changes being made.

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“I have my top list finally,” he said. “It's not set in stone or anything like that, but it’s going to be hard for other teams to slide in there. Really the only ones that have a chance to be added are Penn State and Nevada.

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“I’ll be taking my official visits to schools on that list,” Montgomery continued. “I’m not sure of all five of them yet, but I know LSU, Michigan, and Oklahoma State will get one, but I don’t have any dates set yet. I probably will not visit Clemson or South Carolina officially. And the schools I do visit will not necessarily be my finalists.”

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Montgomery says he plans on taking his decision all the way to signing day but he did say that he could announce his selection at the UnderArmour All-American game on the first weekend in January if he’s ready.

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It’s obvious that Montgomery will be doing plenty of traveling to different schools between now and the beginning of February, and he says his decision will likely come down to the school that just feels right.

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“When I visit a school, I’m just looking for them to be friendly and real,” said the 4-star prospect. “I don’t like when people act fake, and I can tell when they are doing it. It’s just going to be one of those things where I feel the most comfortable. Things like the atmosphere, location, and how nice the campus is will all factor into that. And by location I mean I want the campus to be in a town or city, not in the middle of nowhere. I’m not talking about distance, because it’s really not a problem to leave home.”

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With his focus narrowed down to 12 schools, Montgomery can finally begin taking steps forward to prepare himself for his decision in the coming months. The first step will be this weekend.

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“I will be at the LSU-South Carolina game this weekend,” Montgomery said. “I’m anxious to see how the South Carolina defense stands up against LSU’s offense.”

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The game on Saturday will be Montgomery’s first chance to see the Tigers in person this year, but not the first time he has watched them.

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“I watched LSU play Auburn a few weeks ago,” said the nation’s 7th ranked defensive end. “They are a powerhouse. They have a lot of great kids that love to run and hit. They’re so competitive, and I love that about them.”

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Most of the credit for Montgomery’s sustained interest in the Tigers undoubtedly goes to defensive line coach Earl Lane, who has done an outstanding job of recruiting the standout defender.

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“Coach Lane is actually coming to watch me play this Friday,” he said. “I talked with him and coach Miles on the phone last week and I speak to them every week. We stay in contact and talk about football and other stuff. We laugh. We have a good relationship going. Lately we’ve been talking about other stuff outside of football, like school and girls. They are more concerned with me as a person than a football player. I really like that. LSU will definitely be getting one of my official visits.”

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When TigerSportsDigest.com spoke to Montgomery earlier this summer, he mentioned he had certain tests for coaches that came to visit him.

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LSU fans can rest easily because Lane seems to have passed his test with flying colors.

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“Yes, I’m still doing my little tests when they come to visit me,” Montgomery said. “There are a couple that haven’t done too well on them, but coach Lane passed his. When people come to my hometown, you can tell how they act by putting them in different situations. He came down and met everybody I asked him to meet. He wasn’t in a rush, busy, or cocky. He’s a strong man and I respect that. He was talking with everybody and showing off his ring to people. He was just having fun.”

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