The Oklahoma Sooners have received a signed National Letter of Intent from three-star OL Cullen Montgomery out of Episcopal High School in Bellaire, Texas. As an offensive guard, he’s rated as the 24th-best in the nation according to 247Sports, and is ranked as the No. 71 overall recruit in the state of Texas. On Jan. 19, this dual-sport athlete chose to play his college ball at OU over offers from Alabama, Ohio State, Texas A&M and others.
Speaking of being a dual-sport athlete, for all his accolades on the gridiron, Montgomery also starred on the basketball court in high school. Notably, he played for an AAU squad sponsored by eight-time NBA All-Star James Harden, and has even developed a close personal relationship with the former league MVP.
How he fits
At 6’5, 315 pounds, Montgomery fits the mold of a prototypical Bill Bedenbaugh guard. Whether he settles in right or left of the center, once he makes his way onto the field, he’s going to play with a nastiness that has given Oklahoma some of the top O-line units in college football over the past five years. On tape, it’s clear that he understands how to use his size to overwhelm his opponents, as he consistently drives smaller defenders into the turf with tenacity. Although he played basketball, he could stand to improve on his lateral mobility and overall foot speed at the next level. In a couple years, he could become part of the Sooners’ regular rotation up front, if not a full-time starter.
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