November 15, 2007

Cal, Montgomery prep for UW

In the topsy-turvy, ever-changing high school recruiting world, James Montgomery became a member of the Washington football program back in the summer of 2005. It only lasted a little more than a month before Jeff Tedford won his trust, but memories are still fresh nevertheless for Cal's redshirt freshman running back. Now two years later, Montgomery will face the Huskies for the first time in his career.

"In the beginning of everything I really liked the coaches at Washington and I liked the city of Seattle," Montgomery said. "Towards the end of the process though my mom really wanted me to come to Cal and be closer to home."

For Montgomery, the former Rancho Cordova High superstar who finished up his high school career rushing for over 4,900 yards while racking up 82 touchdowns, choosing to de-commit from Washington was an extremely hard decision that came with plenty of thought and consideration.

The 5-foot-10, 205-pound ball carrier had obviously grown fond of coach Tyrone Willingham and his football program. Saying no to the former Stanford and Notre Dame head man wasn't easy.

"They have a good staff over there, so it's nothing like that," Montgomery explained. "Back then it was more of a family decision. There's no animosity between me and Washington. Both of the in-home visits that I had with Washington and Cal were solid. It was honestly a really tough decision."


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