USC will be hosting one of the bigger names on their schedule Saturday with Florida coming to Williams-Brice Stadium for Homecoming. As a result, Shane Beamer is inviting many of his top recruiting targets to the game. One of those who will be in the crowd will be 2025 QB Ryan Montgomery of Findlay, OH. He is Beamer’s and quarterback coach Dowell Loggains top quarterback target for that class, and Montgomery and his parents will be taking in their first game at Williams-Brice Stadium.
“We’re really excited to see the interaction with the fans, pregame, during the game, postgame, the whole nine yards,” said Ryan’s father Mike Montgomery. “I know it’s going to be wild and loud, so I’ve been told. To see that firsthand is going to be super exciting, especially for my wife. She’s coming with us. It will be her first SEC game. The boys and I have been to multiple, but I keep telling here it’s different from games up this way. Super excited for her to take that in and obviously for her to meet Shane and Dowell firsthand and the other staff members that we’ve been involved with will be special.”
Ryan has a game in Toledo tonight. From there, the family will drive to Detroit and fly to Charlotte on Saturday morning. They will rent a car and drive straight to football offices so that they can take in everything the Gamecocks have to offer on a fall Saturday.
The Gamecocks find themselves in a tight battle for Montgomery with Florida, Auburn and Penn State. To this point, Beamer and Loggains have done everything they can to convince the family they would be the best choice for their son.
“They’ve just been steady and consistent with us,” Mike Montgomery said. “The phone calls since they’ve been allowed to start talking to him proactively have been outstanding for both Shane and Dowell. He just talked with Dowell earlier today about how the logistics are going to look tomorrow. Him coming up last week was huge. It doesn’t surprise me because I know the priority Ryan is for them. It’s one thing to say it, it’s one to show it. The way that they’ve shown it with mail and calls and text and visiting coming up here in the spring and on their buy week, just speaks volume. They’ve always held a special place in our hearts for recruitment. Now it’s going to be fun to see them in action coaching on the sideline and the interaction with Spencer and the backup quarterbacks and the team as a whole. It’s really going to be special.”
Ryan was in person in Charlotte to see the Gamecocks play North Carolina and has seen them on television a few times as well, so he has a good feel for how quarterback Spencer Rattler and Loggains interact and operate in the offense.
“I know they’ve been dinged up injury wise, so given that, I think they’ve played pretty darn well considering the injuries and the youth they’ve had to put out there,” Montgomery said. ‘I know Ryan is most impressed with Spencer’s leadership skills, just watching him on the field when things go good and when things go bad as well. Also, Dowell gives Spencer the trust to go ahead and make audibles and change calls on the line if necessary and have such a big input on the gameplan is something that really resonates with Ryan. He’s had those conversations with Dowell.
Mike and Ryan have already been to Florida for a game. They will visit Auburn the last weekend of the month and will go to Penn State on November 11th. Mike said there’s also a good chance they will return for another USC game, either for Kentucky or Clemson.