When Kendall Montgomery showed up to LSU’s July camp, it was hard not to take a glance in his direction. While headliner prospects from Lache Seastrunk to Ronnie Vinson were on hand, Montgomery’s 6-foot-6 frame was quite the attention catcher.
“I get that a lot, from the Oklahoma camp to the LSU camp,” Montgomery said. “I added 15 pounds of muscle over the summer as well, which puts me at 245. That is what [LSU tight ends] coach [Don] Yanowsky really liked; that I am a big guy but can still move.”
While the Tigers recently picked up their second tight end commitment in Travis Dickson, Montgomery is holding out hope that the staff will be attracted to his abilities on the defensive side.
“I played only defensive end during my first football season last fall, and I am going to be back there this year,” Montgomery said. “[Three-star tight end] Charles Fashaw started all the games at tight end for us last season, so now I will move into that spot also. I just want to turn out some big performances, because I know that a lot of coaching staffs are watching.”
With attention coming from all angles, the Miami-native said that Friday nights on the gridiron can’t come soon enough.
“Schools like Oklahoma and Wake Forest have been on the phone with my coaches a lot wanting to see game tape of me after my first few games this year,” Montgomery said. “I need to get things right, because that film could be my ticket. Lots of coaches are saying that my second season will be way better than my first, and I hope my film shows that.”
Thanks to his trip to Baton Rouge, Montgomery can already see changes being made.
“I changed physically a good bit, but at that LSU camp I really changed my game up,” he said. “I learned a lot from coach Yano and guys like Nick Jacobs. They showed me a lot of good technique with my footwork and blocking, so that made the camp experience worth it.”
Though no offer was extended, the rising senior felt that a statement was made.
“I came to the camp battling a groin injury, which I am not even sure will be completely healthy by the start of the season,” Montgomery said. “I could have let up when it started bothering me, but I still battled and the staff saw that. It might have made it worse to keep going, but that is football.”
With official visits on the horizon, Montgomery said that he plans on keeping his schedule open.
“If I start getting some love and offers from schools that have expressed interest in me, then I will check out their campus for sure,” he said. “I don’t want to start naming teams until I know who really wants me. Until then, I am just going to keep my head up and keep working hard.”
Montgomery currently holds an offer from Purdue.