The Florida Gators saw their 2021 recruiting class grow by one on Sunday afternoon after adding a commitment from Seffner (Fla.) Armwood four-star athlete Charles Montgomery. The Sunshine State athlete announced his decision to pick the Gators over his other finalist, Maryland, in front of family and friends. When it all boiled down, it was the opportunity to succeed both on and off the field that played a big part in him picking the Orange and Blue.
“Besides football, academically they are both top in the country when it comes to business and marketing and that’s what I’m trying to major in,” Montgomery told 247Sports. “With the football, it’s just the atmosphere. I have been on the field before games and during games and it’s great. The coaching staff also amazing and they show a lot of energy to me and my family.”
The 5-foot-10, 185-pounder has shown the ability to play both running back and wide receiver for his high school and it’s that same versatility that UF’s staff hopes to utilize from Montgomery.
“They asked me what position do I think I would be playing and I told him I would play anything. I told him I really like playing receiver and he said they think I would be doing that. He said the thing about their staff is they are going to make sure to put me in the best position to have success. Whether it’s running back, receiver, or whatever on offense. He said not only will they make you successful on the field, but they will make you successful in life and as a person and I don’t doubt that at all.”
The Gators 2021 recruiting class now sits at 16 members to date. Prospects committed to the Gators currently in the 2021 cycle include: the newly minted commitment Montgomery, Baltimore (MD) St. Frances Academy four-star cornerback Clinton Burton Jr., Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas four-star defensive end Tyreak Sapp, Ocala (Fla.) Vanguard four-star wide receiver Trevonte Rucker, Loganville (GA) Grayson four-star quarterback Carlos Del Rio, Sumter (SC) four-star defensive end Justus Boone, Orlando (Fla.) Jones three-star offensive tackle Javonte Gardner, Powder Springs (GA) McEachern four-star linebacker Chief Borders, Loganville (Ga.) Grayson four-star wide receiver Daejon Reynolds, Tampa (Fla.) Jefferson four-star tight end Gage Wilcox, Jacksonville (Fla.) Episcopal three-star tight end Nick Elksnis, Fort Myers (Fla.) Dunbar three-star defensive end Christopher Thomas, and Stone Mountain (GA) Stephenson three-star offensive tackle George Jackson, and Lynn Haven (Fla.) Mosley three-star offensive tackle Adrein Strickland. The Gators also see Junior College prospects Deyavie Hammond and Diwun Blackas commitments as well this cycle as well.
Below is 247Sports player evaluation on Montgomery:
A compact build with muscle already developed in the upper half. Just a shade under his 5-10 listing. A utility man of sorts that has lined up at both wide receiver and running back at the high school level. Can produce long gains out of the slot as his straight-line speed often times proves to be a mismatch for opposing defenses. Will carry the ball in-between the tackles, but needs to get more comfortable with contact. Has a knack for make acrobatic catches, but needs to get more polished when it comes to route running in college. Should eventually develop into a starter at the Power 5 level and could be used in a variety of different ways depending on the offensive scheme.
The 247Sports Composite, an industry generated average, currently ranks Montgomery as the Nation’s No. 241 overall prospect in the 2021 recruiting class and the No. 11 athlete in the 2021 class.