Montgomery takes in first USC game

Greenwood (S.C.) four-star defensive end Sam Montgomery is one of the most highly sought after commodities in the Palmetto State this recruiting cycle, and the talented pass-rusher made the short trip from Greenwood to Columbia to see South Carolina host Georgia this past weekend. Read inside for Montgomery's thoughts on the game, atmosphere and South Carolina's defense.


The 6'5", 240-pound Montgomery, who had never attended a South Carolina game before, took in the contest with teammates Byron Best, (2010 DT) Kelcy Quarles and (2010 WR) Javaris Rhode.

"I loved the game. I really enjoyed myself," the nation's No. 7 ranked defensive end said. "I thought South Carolina played real well; I thought Georgia played real well. I loved the atmosphere at South Carolina, and I'm hopefully going to go back there a couple of more times."

Even though the Gamecocks ultimately came up short against the Bulldogs, Montgomery left Columbia very impressed with South Carolina's defensive performance. Watching the defense very closely, Montgomery found a USC player that he could relate to.

"I loved (the defense)," Montgomery said. "I think Eric Norwood and I play just alike, and I really do honestly think that our games are so similar it's not even funny. So, I would just love to go up against him in competition."

Other than his Greenwood teammates, Montgomery also spent much of the game catching up with good friend and South Carolina tight end commitment Justice Cunningham.

"I hung out with Justice just about all Saturday," Montgomery said. "I love my friend. He's my best friend. He's like a brother to me."

The Greenwood standout has also developed a trusting relationship with his recruiter of record and potential future position coach Brad Lawing.

"It's great; I have no problem going the extra mile and more for Coach Lawing," Montgomery said. "I would do anything for Coach Lawing. He's my buddy."

Up next for Montgomery is an unofficial visit to Clemson this week and to UNC sometime soon. He says he doesn't plan to take official visits to the two in-state programs.

"It's basically the same thing except they pay for everything. Even that's not a really big deal," Montgomery said. "If I want to take a visit to one of the close schools I'll just go spend the night with one of the players, and live out the life with them and just pay for everything. And that will be for me an official visit of the same caliber. There's no need to waste an official visit on some place that's close."

When Montgomery does take those visits he says most of them will be after the football season.

Montgomery racked up 7 tackles and a sack in a 28-10 loss to Dorman Friday, and says he needs to concentrate totally on his senior football season.

"It's all about timing, so basically I'm going to get out and do it during basketball season. I've got to focus on Greenwood right now. I've really got to make that my main focus."

The four-star defensive end says he has a long way to go and still plans on waiting until signing day to make a decision. The always insightful Montgomery offered a unique perspective on the recruiting process and what every highly recruited athlete has to go through at some point.

"It's really hard to make a decision," Mongtomery said. "It's kind of like having a peach for instance. Any peach looks good. Say there are around 50 peaches, but you can only bite into one peach. And you don't know if it tastes good, or if it tastes bad, but all everybody is talking about are the different peaches.

"There are so many possibilities, so many scenarios, and so many things that can happen if you're going to school. That's why I'm not really worried about it and just staying focused on my season and my last time out there with those players."


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