Montgomery Brings Swagger to U

On Tuesday, Florida defensive back Steve Montgomery announced that he would become a Golden Gopher next season. caught up with the 5-foot-11, 187-pound defensive back to discuss his commitment, the coaching staff and his expectations for next season.

Steve Montgomery gave his verbal commitment to the Gophers' coaching staff on Wednesday, adding to a stacked defensive back class for head coach Jerry Kill.

When asked about how his decision was made Montgomery responded, "My decision, I actually made it like a week ago. I didn't want to make it public. I made it public today because I got my test scores so I was qualified. The decision was like me feeling comfortable around the coaches and around the program. Everything just felt like I was supposed to be there."

Montgomery is the latest in a string of commitments that have come during the short tenure of coach Kill. The Florida defensive back described the reaction of the coaching staff when he let them know of his commitment.

"Oh they were really excited, they were really excited. Coach Kill and his staff were trying to get me at NIU so when they first got over there (Minnesota) I was one of the first people they contacted. That was another thing that made me think that they really wanted me."

Kill and his staff were one of the main reasons for Montgomery becoming a Gopher.

"The new coaching staff just coming in, I know there won't be no favoritism," he said. "Everybody's really on a fresh start, so I can get the opportunity to play. That was one of the big things of my recruiting, I wanted to make sure I would play early."

What will the newest Gopher commit bring to TCF Bank Stadium next year?

"I have to bring swagger. I'm from Florida you know I play with swagger, I think a DB needs that. And aggressive play on the back end. I can be aggressive. And versatility, being able to play safety and corner, I think I bring a lot of versatility."

This aggressiveness and versatility should help Montgomery reach his goal of starting next season.

"I want to be able to start. I don't want to redshirt. That's my first goal," the Miramar (Fla.) cornerback said.

As for team goals for the Gophers he wants, "To just improve overall as a team. Improving is always good so just us improving will be good."

Montgomery wasn't afraid to set his sights high for the future saying, "I want to win the Big Ten Championship."

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