"UNC, it is a pretty good school and I like them. So they're a standout school from a lot of [schools]."
Montgomery, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound defensive end from Greenwood (S.C.), says he has no plans to announce a list of finalist schools.
Furthermore, outside of plans to announce his collegiate destination on Signing Day, Montgomery lacks a firm recruiting strategy.
"It's really random right now," Montgomery said. "I'm just trying to find out what's best for me and my family. It's going to come in due time."
Though, Montgomery said that he has begun official visit talks with "a lot" of schools.
"I haven't been able to set anything yet, but we're getting there," Montgomery said. "I just have to see what schools I'm really interested in. Besides that, I'm not going to visit a school that's three hours away or some place that's really close. I'm going to visit places that are really, really, really far away."
UNC's close proximity will thus hurt its chance of receiving an official visit from Montgomery.
"I might give UNC an official visit, because it's a nice school, but most likely, probably not," Montgomery said.
"I'll have to see. It's really far off right now. A lot of things haven't come into play yet. So we really have got to wait and see what's going to happen."
Before making his collegiate decision, Montgomery says he will make another unofficial visit to UNC. He visited UNC over the summer during the Tar Heels' three-day camp.
If his schedule permits it, Montgomery says he could visit UNC during the season.
Due to his schedule, Montgomery has been able to attend only one college game this fall: the South Carolina-Georgia game held in Columbia.
Montgomery's primary focus has been his senior season, which has gotten off to a rocky 2-4 start.
To accommodate for opponents' decisions to run plays away from Montgomery, two games ago he moved from defensive end to middle linebacker.
"It's tough, but I take it all in stride and so far I've done pretty good," Montgomery said.