In a state loaded with talent, the Bulls have had a penchant for finding relatively unknown players that have slipped under the radar. This year one of those players is Columbia receiver Jamaal Montague, teammate of USF commitment Tiger Powell.
Montague is a 6-foot-1 1/2, 185 pound senior wide receiver that had to sit out his junior year because of transfer rules after coming over from Suwannee, where he had 500 yards and 6 scores, but with no junior film available, he's been flying under the radar all year.
"It feels good to be back on the football field," said Jamaal. "I didn't think I'd come out the way I did."
Montague has very good size, nice length, great body control, speed, and excellent hands, and so far this season Jamaal has 64 catches for 1,194 yards and 15 receiving touchdowns to go along with 230 yards rushing and a rushing score. He also returns kicks and punts and scored on a73-yard punt return this year.
"What makes me a good receiver is I do what I'm coached to do," said Montague. "I have good speed, run good routes and try doing what I've see done on TV."
On the recruiting front Montague only had a couple offers from Middle Tennessee, and FIU, and has been talking to Michigan State, and Miami (Ohio) but just got a big offer from the Bulls.
"I just got the offer a few hours ago," said Montague. "It shocked me because I didn't expect the phone to ring, and they said they were going to offer me. That made me real happy."
Jamaal has been talking with USF receivers coach Phil McGeoghan for several weeks and the offer vaults the Bulls atop his list of favorites.
"It places them very high, because they were one of the schools I've been waiting on," said Jamaal. "I like the offense they run because they throw a lot, and have a young quarterback."
The Columbia standout receiver has been aware of the Bulls because of his teammate Tiger's commitment and by Coach Callum, a former Bull, and has watched the Bulls on TV.
"I'm looking for a place where I fit in, and feel comfortable," said Jamaal. "Getting early playing time is something that is good to."
Montague and USF commit Tiger Powell have talked about playing together at the next level?
"Yes sir, I just got off the phone with Tiger before I called you," said Montague. ‘He was real excited and wanted to know what I was going to do. I told him I couldn't make a quick decision, and wanted to think about it over night."
"That would be awesome if we ended up playing with each other on the next level because we're close."
Montague will make a trip to Tampa with Tiger and coach Callum on the 28th , the weekend that the Bulls play Miami at the Ray Jay. He also is scheduled to visit Miami (Ohio) on December 5th.
"I'm really looking forward to that weekend so learn more about the team," said Montague. "I'll also get to meet the players and Coach Leavitt."
Here are clips of Montague in action:
Montague and his Columbia teammates take on Leon in the class 4A state playoffs this Friday, so stay tuned with USFNation.com as we keep you updated on Jamaal's recruitment
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