'09 Premier Prospect: DE Sam Montgomery

Pack Pride continues it's series of profiling some of the premier NC State prospects for the class of 2009. Today we take a look at DE Sam Montgomery.

DE Sam Montgomery

6-4, 220 pounds

Greenwood (SC) High School

Junior Stats: Last season Montgomery had 65 tackles, 15 sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries- one of which was returned for a touchdown

Potential Ranking: Montgomery is currently a four-star recruit but has the potential to be named a five-star prospect at some point. Most consider him to be one of South Carolina’s top five prospects.

The early word: Montgomery is quickly emerging as, not only one of South Carolina’s top prospects, but one of the nation’s most highly regarded defensive ends. He has been steadily picking up scholarship offers as coaches love his frame, motor and upside.

Scholarship offers: NC State, UNC, South Carolina, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Maryland, Alabama, Tennessee

Top Schools: Montgomery is not currently listing any favorite schools although Clemson, South Carolina, NC State and UNC appear to be four of the main players early.

Timeline for a decision: Montgomery plans to visit several schools, both officially and unofficially, so a decision is likely a long ways off.

Interesting side-note: Montgomery plans to major in Accounting

NC State recruiting coach: Special team’s coach Jerry Petercuskie

NC State connections: The Wolfpack’s ace with Montgomery is the fact that they were the first school to jump on the bandwagon with an offer. That has helped ensure them at least a shot at landing him because Montgomery has mentioned on several occasions how much that early offer from the Pack meant.

Behind the scenes: This is a player that NC State noticed while down in South Carolina last year and they’ve made him a priority. Clemson, South Carolina and UNC are all putting on the full court press as will several other out-of-state programs so the Pack will have a battle on their hands.

Wolfpack Visits: Montgomery told Pack Pride that he will be visiting NC State on March 15th. That visit will be crucial and likely go a ways in determining if the Wolfpack can continue as a major player for his commitment.

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