Size: 6-foot, 199 lbs.
Year: RS junior (two-year letterman)
Hometown: La Puente, Calif.
High school: Bishop Amat (La Puente, Calif.)
Scout ranked Montes as a two-star member of SMU’s 2012 recruiting class and the 160th-ranked cornerback nationally (24th in California). He held FBS offers from SMU and New Mexico. Following his senior season, Montes was named first-team all-Mission League, invited to the Cal State All-Star Game and named to the California Top 100 team.
Montes started all six games he played in 2014, notching 29 tackles (16 solo), one pass breakup and a half-sack. He missed the final six games with a concussion. He made a team-high seven tackles against Baylor and six against North Texas. While the high number of tackles might suggest he was burned in coverage, that wasn’t necessarily the case. He made a lot of tackles because he’s a dependable and aggressive run defender. He tackled well in the open field and took the proper angle to the ball carrier. He wasn’t as good in coverage, but managed to avoid giving up a lot of big plays and was SMU’s most reliable corner before the injury. Opponents attacked him early in the season because of his inexperience, but he mostly held his own.