Montgomery Looking to Raise Stock

SPARTANBURG, S.C. --- Andre Montgomery is hoping to improve his recruiting stock with his play in the Shrine Bowl on Saturday.

"I'm looking forward to the chance to show what I can do," Montgomery said.

Montgomery, a 5-foot-9, 220-pound running back from Goldsboro (N.C.), is waiting for his first scholarship offer. However, he's receiving interest from several schools with UNC being the most significant.

Ken Browning is recruiting Montgomery for UNC. Montgomery says they speak "every other week."

"He has mostly just talked about playing running back [at UNC, as opposed to fullback]," Montgomery said. "My coach has been talking to him about setting up an official visit for January."

Montgomery is also working on scheduling official visits with East Carolina and NC State.

During the fall, Montgomery visited UNC unofficially for the Virginia Tech game.

"I had a good time," Montgomery said. "I liked the atmosphere and the fan support."

Montgomery is one of four running backs selected to represent North Carolina in the Shrine Bowl.

"Since I'm the biggest ‘back, they're using me more to block," Montgomery said. "I block the ‘buck' and the middle linebacker."

When in a two-back formation, Montgomery is used as the fullback.

"It's nothing new," Montgomery said. "At Goldsboro, sometimes I'm at fullback, too."

Montgomery, who started three seasons at Goldsboro, rushed for 1,553 yards and 24 touchdowns on 136 carries (11.4-yard average) as a senior. He also had nearly 500 yards receiving.

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