Montgomery enjoys latest trip to USC

Greenwood 4-star defensive end Sam Montgomery made the short trek to Columbia with several of his friends and teammates on Saturday to watch South Carolina's primetime clash against the LSU Tigers. The explosive pass-rusher says he always enjoys his trips to USC, and this past weekend was no exception. Read inside as Montgomery talks about his visit and discusses the latest in his recruitment.

The 6'4", 230 pound Montgomery, who is rated by as the nation's no. 7 defensive end prospect, thoroughly enjoyed his visit to South Carolina and was once again impressed by the Gamecocks' game day atmosphere.

"We had a good time. It was a lot of fun. The atmosphere was real live. It was hype. It was a great atmosphere and a real big football game. It was really good," said Montgomery. "I met a lot of the recruits and talked with them. I went to the Cockabooses. I actually went to a little party afterwards for about forty minutes and hung out. I had a good time."

While on campus, Montgomery also talked with some of the USC coaches, and he said that he's developed a strong comfort level with the Gamecocks during the recruiting process.

"I talked to Coach Ced (Cedric Williams) and Brad Lawing. Coach Ced is best buddies with one of my coaches, so I've gotten real close with him. Coach Lawing is my position coach, and I've gotten real close with him too. I like how he coaches and interacts with his players," he said. "I'm real comfortable with South Carolina."

Montgomery, who has totaled over 70 tackles for Greenwood in his senior season this fall, recently cut his impressive list of offers down to twelve schools. In no particular order, Montgomery's top schools are South Carolina, Clemson, LSU, Southern Cal, North Carolina, NC State, Michigan, Miami, Alabama, Tennessee, Oregon, and Oklahoma State.

According to Montgomery, his goal is to narrow his list down to five schools by early January when he plays in the Under Armour All-American Game in Orlando, and he's remaining firm in his plans to wait until National Signing Day to make a final decision.

"I'll probably have it down to five when I play in the All-American Game," he said. "I still plan on committing on signing day."

The elite Palmetto State prospect is not sure if he'll make any other unofficial visits anytime soon, but he does plan on attending the season ending showdown between in-state rivals South Carolina and Clemson on November 29th.

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