'23 OH DE - Luke Montgomery

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    MONTGOMERY ON THE RISE

    Some might say it’s a bit too early to begin diving talking about the 2023 class, with Ohio State still looking to wrap up its 2021 class and with the 2022 class still being a secondary focus.

    We don’t see it that way. With the recruiting dead period still in effect and the Buckeyes’ top five or six targets in the 2021 class still in a holding pattern without being able to visit, and with 2022 recruiting in a similar holding pattern because of the inability for Ohio State to evaluate those players in person, it gives us some extra time to look even further down the road.

    We’ve done this already with Mentor High School defensive end Brenan Vernon and Ironton High School athlete Trevor Carter, but a third player who is a candidate to wind up as one of Ohio’s top-ranked players in the 2023 class is Findlay High School’s Luke Montgomery.

    Montgomery is a 6-foot-5, 260-pounder who is listed as a strongside defensive end, but being so young and with where he’s at in his development, there's a bit of a difference in opinion between programs in where they project the rising sophomore.

    “Some schools want me for defensive tackle or defensive end. Some schools want to see me at offensive tackle also,” Montgomery told Eleven Warriors. “OSU, as of now, sees me at offensive tackle, but they also could see me as a DT/DE hybrid – maybe even tight end, but we will have to see.”

    The main teams Montgomery says have shown “a lot of interest” include Ohio State, West Virginia, Indiana, Michigan State, Toledo, Wisconsin, Purdue, Penn State and Notre Dame, in addition to Western Michigan, the only team who has offered him thus far.

    “Also, Alabama’s offensive line coach, (Kyle Flood), has followed me some, and I will be in contact with him some – hopefully soon,” Montgomery said. “I have been in contact with OSU a lot, including Coach (Tim) Hinton, who came to my basketball practice one time, and I’ve been talking with him a lot and I’ve also been trying to get to talking to Coach (Greg Studrawa). Last spring, I went to a practice and talked to Coach Stud, Coach (Kevin) Wilson, Coach Hinton, and I even talked to Coach (Ryan) Day for a little.”

    As many loyal readers know, we love body transformation stories here at Eleven Warriors (for reference, our stories on Paris Johnson Jr., Miyan Williams and Grant Toutant), and Montgomery has been undergoing one of his own this offseason, losing 16 pounds and replacing it with lean muscle.

    “Things have been going great,” Montgomery said. “I’ve transformed my body a lot. I’m faster, stronger and can even jump a lot higher. The weight has been a priority to me, and I’ve seen lots of good change.

    “I’m not sure (what my vertical is at). I would estimate around 26 (inches), I believe, and I’m just a lot stronger and faster.”

    Those gains (and losses) in the weight room have put him in a good position going forward as his high school career and recruitment are starting to gain momentum.

    “Lots of coaches have given me advice, and I’m just going to stay humbled and keep working hard and take my time during recruiting,” Montgomery said. “I’ve been blessed and humbled to be in a position to be even recognized by these schools. I’m super excited for the next couple of years!”
     
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