#STRecruiting: Latest #Gamecocks offer impressed by his first look at the program

Michael Montgomery

LB Michael Montgomery (6-3 200) recently moved from the Seattle area to Decatur, GA, and that put a new twist on his recruiting. He had visited several West Coast schools, like UCLA, Southern Cal, Oregon and Washington. But now on the East Coast, he’s getting the chance to check out schools in this region. He visited USC for a spring practice in early April, and last weekend he was offered by defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Clayton White.

“I just feel grateful and blessed to have my first SEC offer,” Montgomery said.  “Obviously, the SEC is one of the best conferences to go to where I want to go, which is the league.  I feel like it’s very much a blessing.  When I went down there, I felt the vibe and everything.  I just felt like it was a good school for me.”

Montgomery said on the day he was at USC practice, it just so happened that the defense dominated.

“Their defense actually got five turnovers at that practice,” Montgomery said. “It was crazy for the defense.  The coaches were all hyped.  They were spending a lot of energy, which I like.  It was good.”

From his conversations with White, Montgomery believes he’s the type of linebacker he likes to use in his two-backer scheme.

“He likes my size, my height, my wingspan and how I can move around,” Montgomery said.  “He told me he doesn’t really care about forty time.  He said he wanted to see how I moved, and I moved really well.”

Montgomery said once his playing days are over, he wants to be in the medical field. He was impressed with what USC can offer him along those lines.

“The medical program they have there is really good,” he said.  “How they can set me up with internships is very important to me.  The stadium is huge, one of the biggest I’ve been to.  The weight room, the meeting rooms, everything just looks nice.”

Montgomery will return to USC in June for a camp so he can work out in front of White and the defensive staff. He also has offers from Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Idaho.

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