Scout Rating: ****
Scout Rank: 28
Size: 5-11, 180
Stats: 4.59 40-yard dash
Projected position at OM: Safety
Accolades: Rated a 4-star prospect and the No. 28 safety in the nation by Scout.com … Tabbed the 34th-best cornerback in the country by ESPN.com … The No. 28 prospect from Georgia, according to Scout.com … Class AAAAAA All-State honorable mention by the Georgia Sports Writers Association and All-Region 2-AAAAAA after his senior season … Amassed 67 tackles and four interceptions as a junior and was named All-Region … Named one of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Super 75 recruits … Participated in Nike’s The Opening camp … Coached in high school by Al Hughes and Edgar Carson … High school teammates with Ole Miss linebacker DeMarquis Gates.
Recruiting Competition: Some heavyweight football programs were on Custis’s list. In addition to Ole Miss, Alabama was on there as well as Clemson, Florida, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, North Carolina State, Mississippi State, and West Virginia.
Quotable: “Ole Miss is just a different place. It has such a great college atmosphere, and it has a great family feel to it. Me and their coaches just clicked. I wanted to be a part of all that. I knew I could trust what he was telling me about Ole Miss. It’s not like I’m going to some strange place. They have a lot of Georgia boys at Ole Miss and I can relate to all of them. One of my best friends is Eric Swinney. We’d been talking a lot about Ole Miss since last summer. Me and Eric hang out with a lot of the same people and know what each other are about.”
Scouting Report: Custis could be used at corner, play nickel, or play safety. As a safety, he can play centerfield and make plays on the ball. He has the ability to run and cover, but his range and ball skills can be utilized at safety. He takes good angles to the ball. He is more of a finesse player right now and he needs to add weight. As he develops physically, it will help him battle bigger receivers for the ball and as a tackler. Tackling is one of his main areas he needs to improve in. Custis displays good quickness out of his breaks and he really reacts well to the ball. He can be a guy who can cover if needed and he can also roam the secondary making plays with his hands. Overall, Custis is a long and athletic defensive back that has a lot of potential. He has shown good instincts, he is aggressive, and he really plays the ball well. He has played all over the defensive backfield, so he is comfortable wherever he lines up. He also comes from a winning program which is another positive.
Coach Hugh Freeze: “Montrell is the type of safety we are looking for, with good coverage skills and good ball skills. A year in Coach (Paul) Jackson’s strength program and he will be a fine addition to our team.”
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