After being a virtual unknown a year ago, Winter Park rising senior receiver D'vario Montgomery is on track to be one of the top receivers in Florida for 2012. The 6-foot-3, 210 pound receiver/strong safety first burst onto the scene after his sophomore year at the USF Sling-&-Shoot tourney in June where D'vario was outstanding in helping Winter Park go undefeated en route to winning the title over Dr. Phillips.
"I had to get my name on the map some kind of way," said Montgomery. "That 7-on-7 at USF did the trick. I still remember when I kept catching those passes, and some guys on their team said I have a big future ahead of me. After the tourney USF said they would offer me, they were my first."
His following junior season Montgomery didn't disappoint and was impressive on both sides of the ball. He caught 48 catches for close to 1,100 yards and 13 touchdowns, and on the defensive side of the ball he snagged 3 interceptions and had 8 sacks.
"I run good routes and I have good hands," said Montgomery. "I have good size, speed and I'm also kind of smart with where I want to go with my steps."
After a solid junior campaign programs have taken notice of the rising senior receiver as his offer list is now over twenty. USF was the first to offer, and now schools such as LSU, Georgia, Florida, Miami and a host of others have thrown their hat into the mix.
"I'm up to 20 plus offers now," said Montgomery. "If I had to pick a top 5 or so, It'd be LSU, Georgia, Miami, South Carolina and USF."
With an impressive list of programs standing out to him, D'vario says what he likes about some of his early leaders.
" LSU , because I may really want to play back home, but I'm not 100 percent sure."
" Florida , because I've been here for awhile and it's not a bad place as I thought it was when I moved here. I'd also be closer to a lot of family that live down here. That's about it"
" Georgia , I like the coaches that have recruited me, I haven't met all of them yet, and from what I seeing right now; I like them and the offense they run."
" Miami , from what I hear they're going to start running a pro-style offense and that could be a good opportunity for me to run and catch passes."
" South Carolina , they would be a good fit for me coming in as a receiver basically. They look like a pretty good receiver school."
" South Florida , the coaching staff, I met all of the coaches and I really like them. On top of that they were also my first offer."
"Coach McGeoghan is pretty cool, and I can really see myself playing for him. He's up to date and keeps everything straight forward and tells you what you need to fix, what doesn't need to be fixed, and what to work on. He seems like a player's coach."
"I met Coach Holtz and think he's a great coach. He's cool and I could really see myself playing for him too," said D'vario. "He seems real approachable, just like the whole USF staff, they going to tell you what's wrong, what you need to fix. Everything they say is straight up. They don't beat around the bush and not going to tell you something just to get you down there; they're going to tell you what's up."
The standout prospect has been to USF several times, for the Sling and Shoot and also a one day camp over the summer and liked what he saw.
"I kind of felt the vibe around there and really felt like that would be a good school to go to," said D'vario. I like the stadium they play in and the campus was huge, I really liked it. They're redoing all the facilities, they have three brand new practice fields and I hear it's looking great."
With schools limited to contact, D'vario said there are several coaches that he makes sure he calls.
"Yeah I call several often," said Montgomery. "Coach McGeoghan, I make sure I call him a lot. Coach Ball from Georgia, Coach Kelly from UCF , and Mark Elder from Cincy, that's all I can think of right now."
At this point D'vario doesn't have a leader, but does know what he's most looking for in a college that he'll be choosing.
"I want to graduate, so academics are important," said Montgomery. "I want to come in and start as a freshman, I know it takes a lot of work, but I'm willing to put it in. I also want to be in a good atmosphere, some place where it's always positive.
As for future plans and what schools he'll be visiting for a junior day, that's still up in the air.
"I may go to Miami on Sunday, but I'm not really sure," said Montgomery. "I know USF and UF have one on Saturday, but I'm taking the ACT."
Montgomery said that he still plans on making a trip down to Tampa to check out the Bulls some more.
"If I can't make it to one of USF's junior days, then I'll probably make it to a lot of their practices in March."
With spring right around the corner, Montgomery is focused on building on his junior year and
"I'm just working out and getting ready for spring season," said Montgomery. "I just want to get faster and my goal for the season is to break the 1,200 yard mark and have at least 20 touchdowns."
Stick with USFNation.com as we keep you updated on D'vario Montgomery and the rest of the 2012 recruiting class.