Montgomery shutting down his recruitment

South Lake (Groveland, FL) outside linebacker Jordan Montgomery made his official visit to South Carolina over the weekend, and the long time Gamecock commitment, who has been courted by Miami in recent weeks, left Columbia with zero doubt about where he will be signing to play his college football in a couple of weeks. Read inside for all the details.


Jordan Montgomery, who measures in at 6-1 and 190 pounds, had a great time during his trip to Columbia, and the athletic defender enjoyed hanging out with several of the other recruits on campus.

"It went real well. I definitely got a little more used to the area, and I met a few of the players," said Montgomery. "We went to the South Carolina - Kentucky basketball game and chilled there for a while. We had dinner together. It was fun spending time with the other recruits."

According to Montgomery, one of the highlights of his trip to USC was hanging out with some of the star players from the current Gamecock football team.

"I kicked it with the team, some of the players like Alshon (Jeffery) and (Marcus) Lattimore. We chilled for a while and played some video games. We had fun. That was one of the highlights of the trip."

The Sunshine State standout spent quite a bit of time interacting with the USC coaches on the visit, and he left Columbia with a better understanding of how he will fit into the Gamecocks' defensive scheme.

"I talked with the coaches a lot. We talked about their scheme and their system. I will be fitting in at the SPUR linebacker. There's not that many guys like me, a hybrid athlete, so they were really excited to show me how they use the SPUR position in their scheme."

While the opportunity for early playing time is not guaranteed next season, Montgomery said he is willing to work hard for the chance to see the field as a true freshman.

"You've got to work hard and out-work everybody to get on the field. That's what I'm planning to do. You've always got to work harder than the next guy, and that's what I'll do."

Montgomery had previously considered taking an official visit to Miami next weekend to see what the Hurricanes have to offer, but following his official visit to Carolina he has decided to completely shut down his recruitment.

"After this weekend, I'm done with the recruiting process. I‘m a Gamecock."

Lastly, the speedy linebacker, who is known for his instinctive brand of football, described what type of player South Carolina fans can expect to see in him on the field in the coming years.

"I'm a motivator on the field. I'm a leader on the defensive side of the ball. I'm always aggressive, and I stay after it every play."

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