The anatomy of a 'soft commit'

James Montgomery is a 5-foot-10, 195-pound tailback prospect from Rancho Cordova High School in Cordova, Calif., and while Montgomery has announced his intentions to attend the University of Washington on numerous occasions, it hasn't stopped those around him from making sure he's bought and sold on the idea of attending college in Seattle. caught up with James to find out more on where he stands with his verbal commitment to the Huskies and where else he's looking.

"I'm committed to Washington," said Montgomery, matter-of-factly. But when you look into the guts of it, his recent actions suggest that this commitment has gone somewhat soft. The reasons are two-fold. First, he just got done taking an official visit to Eugene, Oregon during the Civil War. Oregon defeated Oregon State 56-14.

Secondly, he has two more visits set up - to California (12/9) and UCLA (12/15) - before he can put his world tour to bed and sign his letter of intent February 2nd.

"It was a good trip," Montgomery said of his visit to see the Ducks and what they have to offer. "I liked the facilities and all that stuff. It was a little cold there."

He added that the Duck head coaches never pressured him into making a decision about his future. "I told them that I was committed," he said. "They just wanted me to take it all in. They said that they would be calling me soon."

And these other trips? Are they starting to get Montgomery thinking twice about where he wants to attend college? "It's my parents," he said. "They want me to take another look at it before it becomes official. It's just to make sure. It wasn't really my decision. They brought it to me, but I couldn't really object to it. It's not really that bad of an idea. I can be one-hundred percent sure about where I want to go."

It's a bit ironic that Montgomery - while having these flirtations with other schools - still keeps tabs with a number of the other committed UW players, and even some that have the Huskies on their short lists. Steve Schilling is one of those prospects. "I need to talk to him," Montgomery said. "It's been about a week."

Perhaps it means that these visits are nothing more than formality. Apparently the UO trip didn't bowl him over, but what if Berkeley and Westwood do? "Uh-oh," Montgomery said, as if it the thought hadn't occurred to him before.

"If it happens, it happens."

And if 'Uh-oh' went to 'Oh no!', the Huskies would be in major scramble mode to find a running back to replace the numbers Montgomery put up this past season: 2183 yards, 35 touchdowns, three kickoff returns for scores. Washington's Bob Simmons is heading over this coming Tuesday to help maintain Montgomery's commitment.

In the meantime, Montgomery will play in the Cali-Florida Bowl at the end of December and then get ready for track. "I'm trying to hit at least 10.5 (in the 100) this year," he said. "I got to 10.6 last year."

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