Jalen Montgomery finds fit at UNT

Mesquite linebacker Jalen Montgomery committed to North Texas on Thursday night, one week after attending the school’s Talon Talent camp for top prospects at Apogee Stadium.

Montgomery worked with UNT linebackers coach and defensive coordinator John Skladany at the camp. The connection Montgomery developed with Skladany and safety Marcus Trice were among a number of factors that led him to commit to UNT.

“I like coach Skladany and it seems like the program is on the rise,” Montgomery said. “North Texas plays nationally prominent teams like Georgia this year and is going to be on TV a lot. There are a lot of factors that led me to commit to UNT.”

Harvard, Yale, Cornell and Sam Houston State also offered a scholarship to Montgomery (5-11, 220) who was a first-team All-District 12-5A selection last season.

Trice, another Mesquite product, sat down with Montgomery when he visited UNT and helped sell him on the idea of playing for the Mean Green.

UNT offensive line coach Mike Simmonds recruited Montgomery, who is projected as an outside linebacker in the Mean Green’s 4-3 defense.

UNT’s coaches told Montgomery that they want to sign two high school linebackers and one junior college linebacker in the Mean Green’s 2014 class. UNT has already picked up its other high school linebacker in Brandon Gardner of Mansfield Timberview.

Akii Smith of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M also attended UNT’s Talon Talent camp and appears to be the Mean Green’s top JUCO target.

For more on Montgomery and defensive back Kishawn McClain, the other player to commit to UNT today, see edition of the Denton Record-Chronicle.

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