A few weeks ago Greenwood, SC DE Sam Montgomery was seriously contemplating ending his recruitment in the month of December and announcing his decision at the Under Armour All-American game January 4th. As that date has drawn closer so too has the realization that that's a deadline he just can't meet.
"Nah man, I won't be deciding at the game," Montgomery said. "I need all the time I can get to make this decision."
The major hurdle impeding an expedited decision process continues to be his visit schedule (or lack thereof). Participation in two All Star games and their requisite practices this month limits his flexibility to trip to the campuses of the various suitors on his list. That means the respective schools must jockey for visit slots in January. Michigan took a shot at securing a date yesterday.
"Michigan was here today," said Montgomery's mother. "The coach stopped by to see Sam at school. Then he talked to me for a couple of hours. It went well. I'm thinking around 17th of January Sam will take his visit up there. That's close to around the time that he might visit North Carolina for a day and then come back and visit Michigan."
The Maize & Blue assistant in question was the Wolverines' South Carolina recruiter Tony Gibson. In his first face to face interaction with Ms. Montgomery, Michigan's DB coach made his mark.
"I was impressed with him," Ms. Montgomery said of Gibson. "I want a place that is going to provide him a home away from home… a place where I can lay my head down knowing that they are going to take care of him and he's going to get a good education. (Gibson) talked about the academics at Michigan and how if (Sam) has a degree from there he'll be able to do anything he wants to. I was very impressed with Michigan academically."
Gibson also managed to address the distance and weather factors as well.
"You know we're not too big on the cold down here in South Carolina," Ms. Montgomery said laughingly. "But he told me that the (regular) season is over by Thanksgiving and that they have two indoor practice facilities to work in when the weather is bad. Their new one is being built right now. Plus for the times when I can't make it up, the Big Ten has its own channel now… so Michigan will be on TV every week."
When all was said and done, it was even clearer that the Wolverines remain in strong contention for Montgomery's services.
"Michigan definitely has a shot," his mom said.
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Montgomery in the coming weeks.