Winter Park's D'Vario Montgomery is one of the top receivers on the Bulls board, if not the top. After being a virtual unknown a year ago, Montgomery is now one of the top receivers in Florida. The 6-foot-3, 205 pound receiver/strong safety first burst onto the scene after his sophomore year at the USF Sling-&-Shoot tourney where D'vario was outstanding in helping Winter Park go undefeated and winning the title.
During his junior season Montgomery didn't disappoint and was impressive on both sides of the ball. He caught 48 catches for close to 1,100 yards and 13 touchdowns, and on the defensive side of the ball he snagged 3 interceptions and had 8 sacks. He's been working on improving in all areas for the 2011 season.
"I'm just working everyday and getting better," said Montgomery. "I've been training hard and getting ready for the season. I dropped a few pounds but have gotten stronger. I'm benching 280 and squatting 415 pounds. I've been getting faster, making better reads, better hands, and running better routes."
The 4-star receiver has been focusing on school and winter work-outs and hasn't made many visits, but recently took a trip to Tampa to check out a USF spring practice.
"I went to USF for their practice and that was a real nice experience," said Montgomery. "The practice was pretty intense and they keep everything quick tempo. They're a really good program and all the guys were running around and making plays."
"I watched the receivers a lot, watched them work out and run all the drills," said Montgomery. "They were going at it hard and during drills and through everything they were always competing and working to get better. I like how they worked them during practice and trying to coach them up to get better."
Montgomery was on the Bulls campus last year, but this was the first time being there since they began the facility upgrades and was impressed with what he saw.
"That was my first time being there since they re-did everything and I was shocked with all they're doing with the program," said Montgomery. "They've done a lot since the last time I was there. The weight room, practice fields, and football facilities look great and they built or are building all new stuff for the all the sports. Everything they're doing is about getting newer, bigger and better, and they're doing it right. It looks great."
"The new practice complex looked great and I really liked the artificial turf filed they built, it looked real nice," said Montgomery. "I remember catching passes right there on that exact spot where they're at last year. That's where I got discovered and USF gave me my first offer."
While at USF, Montgomery also got to spend time with the Bulls coaching staff.
"I got to talk with the staff and that was good," said Montgomery. "I met the strength and conditioning Coach Mike Golden and he seemed pretty cool and I was hanging with coach McGeoghan most of the day. I also got to talk with Coach Fitch and liked how they were running the offense. They were spreading the ball around, and were working on getting the big man on the outside so he can jump ball it. They told me they were excited and real happy to get me down on campus and we talked about me coming up for the spring game this Saturday."
"Overall it was a good visit I got to see their new stuff and meet with the coaches," said Montgomery. "I don't have a bad thing to say about it."
The 4-star receiver ranked No. 36 in the country has over 25 offers now including offers from South Florida, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, Miami, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Cincinnati, Duke, Rutgers, South Carolina, Wake Forest, West Virginia, East Carolina, FIU, Illinois, Iowa State, Texas A&M, and UCF, among others.
"I don't have any leaders or a top ten at this point," said Montgomery. "Everybody is up in the air right now and I'm still doing my research and evaluating the schools. I'm pretty much open."
The Winter Park standout said all the schools are recruiting him hard but he does talk to several coaches more than others.
"I talk with the USF coaches a lot, and I talk with the UCF coaches often," said Montgomery. "I call them to talk about the recruiting process and things like that. I like Coach Holtz , Coach McGeoghan and all the USF coaches. They were my first offer and that means something."
Montgomery did say what he's focusing on when it comes down to making his choice."I want to come in and start as a freshman, but I know it won't be given and just want to have the opportunity to compete for it," Montgomery said. "I'm looking for somewhere where I'll be comfortable with the coaching staff and a relationship with my coaches, and of course academics."
An early decision isn't on the horizon as Montgomery wants to take some more visits and check out the different programs.
"I'll probably start to narrow down things before the season starts," said Montgomery. "It'll probably be pretty hard, but I'll trim my list and then decide on taking visits.Stay tuned with USFNation.com as we keep you updated on Dvario Montgomery and the rest of the 2012 recruiting class.