Written By Alex Compton
A major theme that Hoosier fans will notice among Tom Allen’s defense is that he likes to have playmakers all over the field. As he begins to recruit for 2017 and beyond, those playmakers are exactly what he’s targeting so far. One new name to the IU recruiting scene is Ken Montgomery Jr., a defensive back out of Tampa, Florida. IU offered him on Monday May 2.
Montgomery measures at 6’2”, and 165lbs at this point, and is a member of the 2018 class out of Hillsborough High School. He has an already impressive offer list, and that list is only going to grow. Montgomery currently has 9 offers, with the most notable ones coming from IU, Southern Cal, and Missouri. As he gains more exposure in his home state, it will only be a matter of time until he receives offers from both Florida and Florida State. Coach Wilson and his staff are hoping that the early start gives the Hoosiers a shot with Montgomery.
The offer is certainly one that Montgomery has taken notice of, but to him, the recruitment will ultimately come down to how much the schools show in him.
“I don’t know if I will visit. It will depend on how much interest they show in me. The schools recruiting me the hardest right now are UCLA, Auburn, USC, and USF.”
Montgomery is a great athlete with the closing speed required to make impact plays. This type of player is exactly what Coach Allen looks for, and it would not be crazy to compare Montgomery to current Hoosier Jonathan Crawford. While he is currently unranked on 247sports.com, Montgomery will likely be a four-star prospect once the 2018 class rankings are updated again.
2018 signing day is a ways away, but the work starts now. Montgomery will be chased by many blue-chip programs, so the timing of this offer is what the coaching staff is hoping sticks out.