Tampa (Fla.) Hillsborough defensive back Ken Montgomery has been appearing more and more in national recruiting headlines following a standout junior season in which his offer list expanded in a big way.
It hasn't slowed down into the New Year as the list is now beyond 30 verbal scholarship offers, including one he didn't realize he had long had until cross-referencing with a Pac-12 program in hopes of taking an unofficial visit later this year -- UCLA.
"I was just talking to coach Meat (Demetrice Martin) and he was talking about me coming on a visit, before that I was making sure I had the offer," Montgomery said. "I'm supposed to be visiting this summer, that's an offer I've wanted for a long time.
"UCLA is real big on academics and for me, that's first before football."
Before the Bruins reaffirmed their offer to the long and lean cornerback prospect, Alabama came through with a new extension delivered via Nick Saban himself.
"That was real big because coach Saban was telling me how I was his main guy," Montgomery said. "He said they need more '18 guys to be apart of their recruiting class, so that was big for me. It meant a lot.
"I should be visiting this weekend."
The Tuscaloosa trip will be a first for the current Scout three-star, but it won't be his last among national programs in the coming months.
Measuring in at 6-foot-2, 155 pounds Sunday at The Opening Orlando, Montgomery knows he needs to add bulk to his frame but he also knows he has a coveted frame and set of skills nearly three-dozen Power 5 programs believe in.
"My play-making ability," he said. "I can read and react, plus my natural instincts make up my skill set. I'm a new-type of corner.
"I can do a lot of stuff, long, athletic and ball skills are A1."
Montgomery has no timetable for a decision.