Montelus Picking Up Steam

Everett (Mass.) offensive lineman John Montelus is another prospect that made the most out of his February. Montelus surpassed the double-digit scholarship offer mark and offered the latest on his college recruitment.

Everett (Mass.) 2013 offensive lineman John Montelus insists that he has no favorites of his 13 verbal scholarship offers. But with that said, the 6-foot-5, 295-pound prospect knows exactly what he is looking for at the next level.

"For me, there are two main things," Montelus said. "I want a degree from a good university and I want to win a championship."

Montelus picked up verbal offers from the likes of North Carolina, Michigan, Ohio State and Vanderbilt in February and has had offers from other strong academic institutions like Rutgers, Boston College and Virginia for longer.

"I'm honestly loving it right now," Montelus said. "I've been getting about two offers a week since February, so I would say it's going very well. It's really exciting. I've been working hard on this."

With Rutgers, Montelus said he is building a good relationship with Kyle Flood and is interested in visiting the campus when his schedule clears up.

"I talk to the coach about twice a week," he said. "I like him a lot. They have a bunch of different coaches, so we'll have to see how the season goes. But so far, I like all of the coaches at Rutgers."

Rutgers has an edge for Montelus because of Flood's long background as an offensive line coach before taking over the program.

"I think that's great," Montelus said. "A lot of coaches like at Boston College have a background in defense or something else. It's good to know that Rutgers has a coach that will be spending a lot of time with the offensive linemen."

Montelus said he is more familiar with the programs closer to home, but has no leaders and no schools standing out right now.

"It's too early, but I'll probably have a top seven schools by like the end of the summer or maybe sooner," he said. "I don't really know yet."

The interest in schools may become clearer, he said, once he can take visits to different campuses.

"Right now, I'm really busy with stuff and can't do visits," he said. "I'm taking a Princeton Review class for my SATs and I have a lot of research papers to write for school. I'll probably be doing more once my April vacation comes and then this summer."

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