Kentucky might have a 'steal' in Florida WR Montgomery

broberts@herald-leader.comFebruary 6, 2013 

By the time Alex Montgomery hauled in a couple of one-handed touchdown catches in the Florida state title game, nobody seemed to care.

Those who had seen the wide receiver play regularly this past season had already seen it all.

"He's been doing that all year. That's normal for him," said Rivals.com recruiting analyst Michael Langston. "It's just like he engulfs the football. He reminds me of Spiderman. Everything he touches, it's like a web. It just sticks."

Langston was in attendance for Montgomery's spectacular title game — three touchdowns and a record 199 receiving yards in the highest classification of Florida high school football.

He wasn't surprised by the performance.

Langston described Montgomery as a late bloomer who didn't really make his name until the state's big three schools — Florida, Florida State and Miami — had already pretty much set their classes.

But UK Coach Mark Stoops had scouted Montgomery while a coordinator at FSU, and that familiarity paid off when he came to Lexington.

"I think it's the steal of their class," Langston said.

Montgomery is rated a three-star prospect by every major recruiting service. But Langston considers him "more of a mid-four-star."

The recruiting analyst said he has seen great improvement from Montgomery over the past year, and he expects the 6-foot-1 receiver to make an immediate impact at Kentucky.

"He does a little bit of everything as far as what you look for in a receiver," he said. "He's very elusive when he's in open space. He's got good speed, not great, but he can separate from a lot of people.

"He's really going to be exceptional when you get him inside the red zone. You can just throw the ball up and he's just going to go up and get it."

As for the Gators, Seminoles and Hurricanes?

"I think they'll see what he is and I think they'll regret that they didn't push harder for him," Langston said.

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