Friday, March 21, 2008

Cal RB James Montgomery to Washington....State??

So news breaks this week that touted RB James Montgomery of Cal is leaving Berkeley. Lots of talk about the reasons, but mainly, he's not happy at Cal. And of course, the usual connect-the-dots nature has many Seattle scribes placing Montgomery at UW, the school he originally committed to but ultimately changed his mind. But in the words of Lee Corso....NOT so fast my friend!

Guess who is elbowing their way into the picture?? That's right, Paul Wulff and the WSU Cougars have snuck into this thing. Per the Sacramento Bee, Montgomery says that he's wide open, but right now it's Washington State, Florida and one other SEC school that wasn't mentioned.

But we will go one step further. Brinkhater, he of the Sacramento area, reports an insider conversation he had yesterday evening with a Berkeley know-it-all. Basically, the word is, it's WSU by a large margin, and Florida as a distant 2nd! The one big pull for Florida is that one of Montgomery's best buddies, a player from Cordova High School, is headed for Florida. But otherwise, the odds are strong Montgomery COULD be a Coug!

If this happens, well, first off Montgomery would sit out next year, and would be eligible for the '09 season. He would have two years of eligibility left at that point, so in essence it would be like getting a monster JC transfer, but you've had him practicing with you the prior year. Can you say INSTANT impact?? Team him up with Ivory or even Tardy, and we could be looking at one strong backfield! Stay tuned. We'll have more information as we hear it, but for now, the rumors are strong that Montgomery is a "hard lean" towards Crimson!

15 comments:

CougarJen said...

I know this is only a blog so there is always rumors everywhere but this could be really huge for the big dog. Sorry Hussies!

DawgDish said...

Take him. We have 8 RB's on the depth chart right now. He would have too big a hill to climb at Washington.

Σ (FormerlyKnownAsBrinkHater) said...

That's why you all are cellar dwellars....Why take an All-American when you have 7 JC or NPSL all-leaguers ready to hit the turf at Montlake..

You all need talent, Dawgies..And you need to get out of the cellar in both sports...

Also: I know the pundits are gonna rail against us, and I know that we certainly could lose tomorrow, but do any of you really think that a zone defense is going to beat us?

I don't.

Go Cougs

DawgDish said...

Calm down whatever your name is. I found this story on google so I thought I would see what your blog was reporting. Our site never once said he was coming to UW. WE said from the beginning that he wasn't coming. But ok, have your day in the sun. It will all come to an end soon.

Anonymous said...

If he transfers to an NCAA Division I school, Montgomery will have to sit out '08 and would have two years left to play two, but it doesn't make a whole lot of sense for either the Huskies or Montgomery to transfer to Washington.

The 2008 Huskies roster will have eight players listed at running back, including junior J.R. Hasty, sophomore Brandon Johnson and redshirt freshmen Willie Griffin and Brandon Yakaboski, as well as four incoming freshmen.

Hooty McBoob said...

Who?

CougarJen said...

Hope this helps.

Montgomery, a graduate of Cordova in 2006, was a Parade Magazine All-American as a senior and rushed for 4,900 yards and 89 touchdowns during his high school career. He was the most sought-after recruit to come out of Cordova since National Player of the Year Kevin Willhite in 1981.

TiltingRight said...

I've heard that he'd have to sit out an EXTRA (beyond the NCAA mandated one) season for a PAC 10 transfer. I've also heard they changed that rule.

Anyone know?

Hooty McBoob said...

I was referring to the list of husky running backs, Jen but I appreciate your research skillz.

Sedihawk said...

There is a Pac-10 rule that can penalize an extra year if you go Pac-10 to Pac-10. But it can be appealed, or, the athletic program the player is leaving can tell the Pac-10 to waive the extra year. We did this with Champ Simmons to USC, if you remember. Mike Price personally went out of his way to make sure he wasn't penalized an extra season for going to USC. Who knows what Tedford would do though, but it's a very good point. If he were to lose 2 years of eligibility, then it doesn't make sense to come to any other Pac-10 school.

Anonymous said...

There are several loopholes with that Pac-10 rule. I am 99% sure the transfer rule is only one year, total, of eligibility these days. The problem is that he used his redshirt season already at Cal. Whether he transfers to a Pac-10 school or not doesn't matter. if he was a true frosh last year, he could transfer anywhere, burn the redshirt year, then be a RS-sophomore. Instead, no matter where he goes he will be a RS-Junior and not be eligible to play until '09.

Tiltingright said...

He was class of 2006 and used a redshirt, making him a redshirt freshman last year. That means he sits out this year, his redshirt sophomore season and still has two to play. Is my math wrong?

Sac Rick said...

Coug fans are going to be quite impressed with Montgomery. He is a a student of the game, and can read defenses extremely well. He has the breakaway speed but can run between the bookends too. He is as good as a blocker as you will find in a RB, and can catch the ball. As a sophomore in high school, he was one of the top sprinters in Cali. He had a few injury problems in track, but was still one of the top sprinters in the State. I look for him to return to top speed and do big things in Pullman. We will be making the trip from Rancho Cordova to Pullman in 09.

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