Montgomery looking for early playing time

Navy is looking to add secondary and have made DeAndre Montgomery of Dutchtown High School in Hampton, Ga., one of their top priorities. Montgomery has been a big play guy at cornerback and free safety for the Bulldogs this season. He had a game-high 14 tackles in week four against Starr's Mill. He spoke with GoMids.com on how his recruiting is shaping up after Navy's initial offer.

"When Navy called to offer me, it was sometime during the summer," Montgomery recalled. "They talked about my film and how well I stood out with instincts, athleticism, being able to read the quarterback. I really appreciate the offer. It's something I've been considering. I could see myself going to the Naval Academy. This year, I've watched them play and love what I see out of their secondary unit. It's very energetic. I've looked a little at the depth chart and it's a place where I feel like I could go in a play right away as a true freshman. Navy has great coaches too. If I decide to go to Navy, there's no doubt I'll be successful in life after football but also while I'm there, on the field as well.

"My goal is to go to a D-1 program where I can show out right away. Red-shirting isn't something I want to do. I'd like to contribute as early as possible. I've been hearing from Miami-Ohio, Louisville, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia State, Rhode Island, Kansas State, Old Dominion, and South Carolina. Navy is definitely an option. I hadn't been thinking about going to a military academy, so I wasn't too sure about it when they offered me, but they've opened my eyes a lot. I want to take my visits though so I'll know that I'm going to the right place."

Montgomery became a starter at Dutchtown in his sophomore season so he's used to being on the field. Through five games, he's made 24 tackles and three picks.

"I've got pretty good speed," he said. "I've been clocked at 4.4 in the forty, hand-timed. I've improved my reaction time. It's allowed me to get good breaks on the ball and cover a lot of ground while the ball is still in the air. Our defense is young up front, but we're playing well together. I've been more of a vocal leader. In my third year as a starter, I believe I'm reading offenses pretty well."

Dutchtown (3-4) is hoping to still make the Georgia 5A playoffs. They face Union Grove this weekend. After the season, Montgomery says he's going to compete in basketball and track and field.

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