UCF offer gives South Lake DB Jordan Montgomery 4 early choices

Groveland South Lake defensive back Jordan Montgomery picked up his fourth college scholarship offer this week as UCF threw its hat in the ring.

Montgomery, who roams the same backfield as highly touted cornerback Nick Waisome at South Lake, is a 6-foot-1, 195-pound safety who has been gaining notice in his own right recently.

"I was pretty surprised and kind of excited ... it's my first Florida offer," Montgomery said of the UCF tender. "I know a couple of people who attend UCF and a former teammate of mine Frankie Davis (at East Ridge High) is on the team, so that's pretty cool. I've never really looked into if (the UCF program) so I guess I'm going to have to start."

Montgomery, who played at East Ridge before transferring to South Lake last year, has three other offers from Mississippi, Arkansas and Iowa State. His first two offers -- Arkansas and Iowa State -- were package deals with Waisome being offered at the same time, which tended to give the appearance that perhaps they would go after Montgomery to get Waisome. Ole Miss, however, came in with a solo offer that gave Montgomery a little more self assurance.

At this point, which is 11 months from the Feb. 2, 2011, National Signing Day, he's just gathering information and waiting on offers.

"Not really sure yet," Montgomery said of which way he might be leaning. "It's way too early to tell. I have been kind of looking toward staying in Florida so UCF is definitely a consideration."

This summer Montgomery and South Lake teammates Chris Floyd and Bryce Kelly will be spending time with the Ocala Goon Squad 7-on-7 tournament team.

Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coordinator and can be reached at

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