July 1, 2012

Montgomery breaks down decision

Weston (Fla.) Cypress Bay wide receiver Alex Montgomery joined the Demon Deacon family Thursday, June 28 after touring the Wake Forest campus Wednesday.

"The night I arrived at Wake Forest to me the school was beautiful," Montgomery said. "I love the campus. That night I met the players. I hung out with the players, and the players were funny, but when it's time to work it's time to work. I just learned everything about the coaches. The coaches are amazing. Everything about the coaches is good. When I was there looking around on the tour it felt like it was the place for me. My guardian and his daughter and [Coach] Mac they all knew that I liked it so much and they kind of knew that I was going to commit."

Montgomery added he received congratulatory text messages from some of the other 2013 Wake Forest commitments.

He chose Wake Forest over offers from Duke, East Carolina, Florida International, Kentucky, Louisville, Marshall, Middle Tennessee State, NC State, Ole Miss, Rutgers, South Alabama, UCF and Western Kentucky. South Florida also showed interest.

"I already visited most of the top schools that I was thinking about," Montgomery said. "I saw Kentucky, NC State, UCF, [and] Florida. I saw a lot places, but Wake Forest I fell in love with it."

"Wake Forest has a great education. Everything about it is good. It's family-oriented. It feels like [a] home away from home."

The 6-foot-1 and 180-pound Montgomery said Ray McCartney fell in love with him as a player when he came to one of his practices last season.

"I called him during spring and they said they're going to look at my highlight, and then the next morning they offered me," Montgomery said. "Ever since then I've called every week to catch up with them. I just learned everything about them and the coaching staff."

Montgomery, who is rated by Rivals.com as a three-star recruit, caught 27 passes for 556 yards and 10 touchdowns, and rushed 25 times 152 yards and three touchdowns.

He said college coaches like that he does not wait on the ball to come to him, but goes up to get it. Montgomery is working to improve his speed, and wants to be the best player he can be.

"People underrate me, because they don't think I'm fast enough, but when a team actually plays against me they see a whole different person," Montgomery said. "When I played against Tracy Howard for Miramar (Fla.), who committed to UM [Hurricanes] he was the best corner I went against in high school and probably the best corner I'll ever go against in high school. He brought up my game, and I brought up his game. That's the type of competition I need and want."

Montgomery added he wants to be the go-to-receiver for Wake Forest. He is comfortable lining up as an inside or outside receiver.

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