Newcomer Profile - Jules Montinar

Defensive back Jules Montinar came up with a big hit in practice yesterday, so it's only fitting that he be the subject of today's newcomer profile.


DB, 6-1, 195 lbs., 4.5

Naples High School – Naples, Fla.

Playmaking safety who was a second-team Class 5A selection as a junior and a first-team pick as a senior for coach Bill Kramer … Naples Daily News and Southwest Florida defensive player of the year in 2002 … had 124 tackles, 2.5 sacks, three interceptions as a senior, as the 11-2 Golden Eagles advanced to the state semifinals, where they lost to eventual champs Pompano Beach Ely.

In 2001, teamed with defensive lineman Pat Liebig, who was the Naples Daily News defensive player of the year that season, to lead Naples to a 12-2 record and the 5A state title … Jules, who also goes by the nickname of "L.J.," holds the Naples High career records for sacks and forced fumbles.

"L.J. is a true football player," said Kramer. "You'll see that when he gets to West Virginia. He's a real physical player who really loves to hit. He was our leading tackler the past two seasons, and he's a very savvy player with a real nose for the football."

Bench presses 270 pounds, squads 350 and power cleans 275.

"Jules has the frame to get even bigger," explained Kramer. "He has an older brother who was 210 pounds when he left here. He's now a linebacker at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Junior College, and in one year, he gained 30 pounds. I don't know if Jules will gain weight like that, but if he gets bigger, I could see him becoming a very good linebacker."

Had a number of offers, but his final decision came down to WVU, Pitt and Clemson … enrolled in general studies … son of Jacob and Wese Montinar.

What Rich Rodriguez says: "We thought Jules was one of the best safeties in the state of Florida. Several other schools offered him, but we're real happy he picked us. He's going to be an outstanding player."

What Herb Hand says: "Jules Montinar is a big hitter. When you watch his film, that's the first thing that jumps out at you. If you go back and look at a lot of guys we signed, they're winners. Montinar's team won the state championship his junior year and was 12-1 his senior yard and advanced to the semifinals. He's one of those guys who knows how to win, and that's important."

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