Logan Montgomery of Laguna Hills (Calif.) is already in the school record books, and it has nothing to do with any stats the 2017 wide receiver accumulated last year for the Hawks.
Montgomery is the most highly-recruited football player in the history of LHHS, a school that opened its doors in 1978 and is best known for being the prep alma mater for popular soul artist Aloe Blacc.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound receiver and return ace has piled up 14 scholarship offers from the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) world, including recent offers from Ivy League programs Penn, Yale and Harvard, the latter coming on July 16.
“It's extremely humbling and it is quite an honor. This process has made me realize every day how blessed I really am,” Montgomery said.
The 4.2 student describes his recruiting process as “an incredible journey so far,” and added that he never anticipated that he would reach more than 10 offers.
“It’s such a surprise to me. I had absolutely no idea how this whole process would work out,” Montgomery said.
Yet, he finds himself in great contentment with seeing his ascension on the recruiting trail.
“I've built so many strong relationships with coaches and every single offer means something to me,” Montgomery said. “Each offer has been extremely humbling and I can't thank my family, friends, and coaches enough for their support.”
Colleges have expressed interest in Montgomery’s game as a slot receiver and kick/punt returner. Outside of the Ivy League schools, Montgomery has reeled in offers from the likes of Army, Nevada, UC Davis, Northern Arizona, Montana State and Weber State.
Montgomery was an All-Sea View League First Team selection in 2015-16. He also landed All-Orange County and All-CIF honors after netting 1,868 all-purpose yards, 14 touchdowns and adding three interceptions on defense.
He’s best known in the Sea View League for providing the final clutch moment during a crucial league game. Against Trabuco Hills on Nov. 6 and with his team trailing 29-28 with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter, Montgomery took the ensuing kickoff from the 3-yard line, darted up the left side, blew past three arm tackles and accelerated to the end zone for the 97-yard return and the game’s final score, culminating in a 35-29 thriller.
His highlight film shines a light on a player who comes to the sprint turf with speed, explosion off the snap, a running back-like elusiveness with the ball and a second burst that erupts after he touches the pigskin.
Montgomery says his strengths are “my field vision, speed, elusiveness, and desire to win.”
But, with all the accolades and the un-expecting multiple offers he’s garnered, Montgomery still has a bar that he’s set high for himself as he approaches his senior season.
“I'm looking to improve my route running by getting more separation and releases off the press. I also haven't gone undefeated or won a championship,” Montgomery said.
He concludes that he won’t make his verbal commitment until early November, citing “I really want to make sure that the school is the one for me.”