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Montgomery Set With His Five Official Visits

DE Sam Montgomery (6-5 240) of Greenwood has, at least for now, settled on the five schools he plans to officially visit. They are Michigan, Southern Cal, LSU, Oregon and Miami. Miami is the most iffy of that group right now because he hasn't talked recently with his recruiter. Montgomery said Sunday night he has no fear of going far away to play his college football, like the West Coast, if he can achieve his goals of the NFL and a good job afterwards. "Oregon has been making an impact," he said. "It sounds like they have a great program and great connections."

Though he's not planning official visits to the in state schools right now, Montgomery said that's not a negative for them. "The two in state schools, and the North Carolina schools, and Tennessee, they have many shots to impress me," he said. Montgomery made an unofficial visit to USC Saturday for the Georgia game where he watched Gamecock linebacker Eric Norwood closely because he feels they are similar players. In fact, Montgomery played middle linebacker in his game last Friday getting a sack and causing two fumbles.

Montgomery has made several visits to USC and said Saturday was another positive experience for him. "USC fans have always been good to me," he said. "I've never been to a USC game and people not call my name. I feel like I'm at home, like I can walk around with no drawers on. It's just so comfortable." Montgomery said he met with Steve Spurrier and his recruiter, Brad Lawing, before the game. He probably will go to Clemson this weekend for the SC State game. "I've got to see coach Vic (Koenning) and coach (Chris) Rumph and the guys," Montgomery said.

Montgomery is hearing from recruits who have made their commitments, and they are making their pitches for their schools. He said his best friend is Central tight end Justice Cunningham, a USC commitment, and the two were together Saturday. "It (Cunningham's commitment) really does affect, it pulls me from time to time," Montgomery said. "But Justice tells me regardless of where you go, I'll be your buddy. It's like a true brotherhood. I trust him with my girl. I introduced him to South Carolina."

Montgomery has not set a timetable for making his decision.