Jordan McCloud, Ken Montgomery start perfecting skills at new positions
The 2016 high school football season is still a couple months away, but hundreds of athletes in the Tampa Bay area had the opportunity to work on and showcase their skills Sunday at the Sound Mind Sound Body football camp. Among them were Sickles QB Jordan McCloud and Hillsborough CB Ken Montgomery, both of whom are new to positions they'll likely be playing come August.
McCloud, brother of current Clemson running back and Hillsborough County all-time leading rusher Ray Ray McCloud III, was listed as a running back and played a little bit of cornerback last season for the Gryphons, but this season he'll likely start under center.
McCloud said the drills Sunday at Jefferson High School were a good opportunity for him to grow into his new position.
"It went well, just overall learning new stuff with new coaches and stuff," he said. "Just getting the ball out of my hands quicker at quarterback and then just staying more patient at quarterback."
Montgomery spent Sunday afternoon focusing on drills at cornerback, a position in which he said he never spent a lot of time before arriving at Hillsborough. Still, Montgomery, a 6-foot-2, 165-pound rising junior, is being recruiting at the position and has already picked up 12 Division I-A offers, including ones from USF, Tennessee and Missouri.
"I learned a lot of stuff, too. I learned how to use my technique off the ball, and I learned how to flip my hips off coverage, as well," Montgomery said. "It's kind of hard to learn, but I'm still putting in extra work in, getting the technique down."
Inclement weather pushed the athletes off the field for more than an hour, during which they crowded into the gymnasium to wait for it to clear up. Afterwards, the fields were full of puddles, but McCloud didn't let it distract him from putting in work, as a handful of college coaches looked on.
"You just had to play slower, the game was a little slower, because you couldn't cut as fast," McCloud said about the field conditions. "It was nice, because this is probably the only place you're going to have all those coaches at one time in one place. You've just got to show what you can do."