July 20, 2010

Texas WR still impressed with Dawgs

Dallas Tex. resident and Stanford commit Ty Montgomery opened the eyes of a lot of recruiting experts when he decided to take in the annual Mark Richt football camp last month in Athens.

The fact he was back in town Tuesday for another visit was even more surprising.

But according to the three-star receiver, there was plenty he still wanted to see.

"I like the school a lot and wanted to know more about it," Montgomery said upon leaving campus. "This time, I wanted to learn about the academic aspect rather than the football aspect; see what the school could offer me there."

Considering he's committed to Stanford, one of nation's higher bastions of academia, that should come as no surprise.

He was impressed with what he saw.

"Georgia is actually very strong in academics. They take a lot of pride in academics. I like their APR rating, which is very high. They graduate players, they get their players on track to graduate early and on time and a lot of them come back to graduate school."

Montgomery, who has a reputation as a fluid route runner, stood out during the Mark Richt Camp, earning an offer almost on the spot.

The 6-foot-2, 202-pounder has been clocked at under 4.5 in the 40-yard dash.

Montgomery laughs that he's still not sure why Georgia has become such an attractive option.

"Honestly, I don't know how it came about. It really came out of nowhere for this school," he said. "Obviously, I'm still committed to Stanford but I wanted to check out Georgia to see what they have to offer."

Tuesday's five-hour visit taught him some other aspects about the program that he didn't know before.

"Prior to coming I didn't realize how strong In the Christian faith it was. Obviously, Coach Richt is very open about his faith, but I didn't know the team was like that," he said. "A lot of the coaches are strong in their faith; they pray before workouts. The Christian Athlete organization they have here surprised me, I didn't know they had that. That and their academics was surprising."

Although much of Tuesday's return trip was spent talking to Georgia's academic people, he said he did spend time with Bulldog receivers coach Tony Ball and chatted briefly with A.J. Green, Aron White, Caleb King and Quintin Banks.

Montgomery said he's also spoken by phone to current Bulldog commit Christian Conley and hopes to speak more with Justin Scott-Wesley, who was committed to Stanford before de-committing to pledge his intentions to Georgia last May.

"I'd really like a chance to talk to him," Montgomery said. "I'd really like to hear why he decided to de-commit from Stanford to come here."

The Bulldogs aren't the only school Montgomery is still considering.

He's also looking into Cal, a school whose academic and athletic program he also holds in high regard.

Montgomery plans on getting back to Georgia again.

He told UGASports that he plans on taking an official visit sometimes during football season. It's an opportunity he simply can't pass up.

"I haven't decided when I'm going to come yet, but I will come," Montgomery said. "Everybody wants me to see a Bulldog game. Sanford Stadium seats over 92,000 every single game, so it's going to be a great experience whether I decide to sign or not. I've just got to go."

Montgomery, who also boasts offers from Baylor, California and UCLA, said he won't mind leaving the state of Texas to begin his collegiate career.

"My mom has told me to go anywhere I want to go, just to follow my heart and go wherever the Lord takes me," he said. "She said for me not to feel held back; just go where I want to go."

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