Kendall Montgomery had never suited up to play football before last fall, which is probably why the rising senior is a tad behind on the recruiting game.
“Everything that college coaches know about me they found out last season,” Montgomery said. “I played some defensive end and then got looks at tight end, but it was all new to me. With a season and now a summer under my belt, I think my game will be on another level this fall.”
At 6-foot-6, 230-pounds, Montgomery got his first looks on the defensive side, where he recorded seven sacks. Yet, the Miami-native will get looks from college coaches at tight end – a position in which he played sparingly at Pace High in 2008.
“Charles Fashaw started at tight end last year, but he transferred to Miami-Northwestern during the offseason,” Montgomery said. “That leaves the starting spot open for me, and I am going to turn some heads.”
The most recent heads that were turned belonged to the LSU staff.
“I came down to Baton Rouge with my family for the weekend of camp, and the coaches really liked me,” Montgomery said. “Coach [Don] Yanowsky said that he was impressed at how far I had come in a season, and he said that he really wanted to see more.
“I worked out with Nic Jacobs, and he gave me a good feel for what an SEC tight end performs like,” he added. “I picked up some great coaching tips from everyone involved, so I am really glad that I came over for the visit.”
While he left without an offer, Montgomery said that the discussions between he and the staff would not stop any time soon.
“The coaches want to get down to Miami in a couple of months to check me out in person, so I am looking forward to that,” he said. “I want them to see me in action so that I can figure out if they are going to offer. If they did, it would be a huge opportunity for me.”
With an offer in from Purdue and interest coming from Miami, Alabama, UCLA and others, Montgomery should see his options increase as the word on his talent level spreads.
When the time comes to take official visits, the Pace standout said that the Tigers would be on the itinerary.
“I definitely want to get back to Baton Rouge, because my family and I had a great time,” Montgomery said. “It was one of those trips that sticks with you. It would have been perfect had they offered, but I know now that I still have some work to do.”