Juco-mania: Cornerback latest to commit to Bulls
USF coach Skip Holtz is building a wall ... around the nation's junior college football programs, with his last four commitments for 2012 coming from midyear junior college transfers who will join the Bulls next month. The latest is Fidel Montgomery, a 6-foot, 183-pound cornerback from Southwest Mississippi Community College, a prolific tackler who was credited with having 28 tackles in a single game in September.
"I loved the way they handle their academic program, all the academic support they have," said Montgomery, who wants to major in business at USF.
Montgomery, who chose the Bulls over Minnesota and Mississippi State, had 121 tackles this season, good enough to tie for fifth among all junior college players, and he did that in nine games for SMCC. He was credited with 28 tackles in a loss to Northeast Mississsippi, a performance that earned him National Junior College Defensive Player of the Week honors. He originally signed with Troy out of high school and had been committed to play there until choosing the Bulls on Sunday.
Asked for his strengths, Montgomery said he is "physical and quick." The Bulls have two solid corners expected to start in rising senior Kayvon Webster and junior JaQuez Jenkins, but the backup jobs remain up for grabs this spring, and Montgomery is setting his sights high for the 2012 season.
"I have a chance to start, but it isn't going to be easy. I'm not expecting it to be," Montgomery said.
The Bulls now have eight scholarship players expected to join the team this spring: four junior college commitments (Montgomery, OL Chandlor Mathews, OL Lawrence Martin, DE Tevin Mims) and four high school commitments -- corner Chris Bivins, defensive tackle J.T. Hamilton, receiver Alex Mut and defensive end Eric Lee.