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Assessing the Recruit: Alex Montgomery and Marcus McWilson

Alex Montgomery celebrating with Kentucky coaches after committing this afternoon.

It’s been a great day for Kentucky Football. Both Alex Montgomery and Marcus McWilson are high-level prospects that will immediately help the Wildcats on both sides of the football. The culture of Kentucky Football is changing before our very eyes. Flipping a four-star recruit’s commitment is no easy feat, but Stoops and company got it done, and seemingly with ease. Signing Day is shaping up as one of the best in the history of the program. Let’s take a closer look at the guys who joined the Wildcat family today:


Alex Montgomery — Wide Receiver/Free Safety; 6’2″, 202 lbs.; Cypress Bay, FL

Rivals: 3-star. #51 WR
ESPN: 3-star


The first thing that jumps out about Montgomery is his amazing hands. Drew posted his sick one-handed catch in the afternoon notes, but his tape shows a guy that can make catches like that on a regular basis. Montgomery might have even more amazing highlights but he was stuck in Cypress Bay’s run-heavy offense that limited his targets. Stepping into to Neal Brown’s offense will be a welcomed change and an opportunity to show what he can do when passing is the priority. Montgomery played both sides of the ball in high school, which can help in two ways. First, he’ll be able to better assess what type of coverages the safeties are playing, which is half the battle in getting open. Secondly, he developed a physical nature that will help him challenge for the football in a tough SEC conference. At 6’2, 202 lbs., Montgomery has great size that will help him out-muscle and overpower defensive backs. Kentucky’s wide receiver corps got another boost today and it’ll be pretty exciting to see who wins the position battles going into next season.


Marcus McWilson— Safety/Wide Receiver; 6′ 0″, 195 lbs.; Youngstown, OH
Rivals: 4-Star, #16 S
ESPN: 3-Star, # 40 S


Looking at McWilson’s physique, he just looks like he was born to play football. He is just a fast, physical, tough player that has all the tools to do great things in the scheme of a fellow Cardinal Mooney alum, Mark Stoops. McWilson is a winner, too. In his junior year, he single-handedly won the state championship for Mooney. McWilson’s interception return in the second quarter put Mooney in position for the go-ahead score and his late-game deflection prevented Mooney’s opponents from sending the game into overtime. Mooney won 21-14. Like Montgomery, McWilson’s time at wide receiver will help him flourish at safety. McWilson was so good at wideout that schools recruited him to play it at the next level. Looking at his film and athleticism, there’s no doubt in my mind he could do it.


Kentucky fans can chalk McWilson’s commitment up to new tight end’s coach Vince Marrow, who recruited McWilson to Nebraska while there. Marrow is a fellow Mooney alum as well, and that didn’t hurt Kentucky’s chances, either.


Article written by Rashawn Franklin

14 Comments for Assessing the Recruit: Alex Montgomery and Marcus McWilson

  1. WildcatWilly
    8:14 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    These are very athletic kids who will help our program immediately. They both have very good skill sets and played high school football at schools that competed for championships, so they are both used to winning and will further help change the UK football culture to a winning one as well. Great to have these guys aboard and hope there are more to come this week and leading up to NSD next Wednesday. We will not have one of the lower-tier signing classes in the SEC this year when its all said and done. Ready for tailgating at the spring game and absolutely cannot wait until fall camp & the season to begin. Great job to Stoops and his staff!! Go ‘Cats!!

    8:17 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    Welcome to BBN! Can’t wait to see you on the field in BLUE! GO CATS!

  3. ReverendBlue
    8:27 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    I am absolutely fired up about UK football! The talent level is rising and air raid offense is returning to Commonwealth. Ready for the spring game. I am predicting the largest spring game crowd in UK football history.

  4. MustangCat
    8:40 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    Isn’t Badet rated around the 100’s at WR? And Montgomery is #51?!both of these are great gets! And Montgomery hasn’t been hyped much at all here?!?! He sounds like a nice complement to Blue!

  5. its true its true
    8:42 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    1# wild willly,
    Nice catch on the winning attitude already established in these players. Stoops seems to be hitting the field with a momentum and the players sense it.

  6. Easy
    8:58 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    #1 this is a much improved recruiting effort. moved UK up to #45 after the last commits. We may well finish with the 25-30th ranked class. However, it will still be a bottom tier SEC recruiting class.

  7. twnky
    9:30 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t know a lot about football recruiting but how can one service have him ranked #16 at his position and another have him at #40? My only guess is the sheer number of kids that play football. Just seems like a hell of a jump. Either way glad to have him.

  8. supreme commander
    9:34 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    Alex Montgomery celebrating with Kentucky coaches

    That’s his HS coach that he’s hugging, not a UK coach.

  9. 3 and out
    9:37 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    One tour through a long SEC season/schedule will allow reality to set in. See if he is as excited in November?

    Stoop – 3 and Out

  10. W.W.B.B.N.D?
    9:42 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    Welcome Marcus!

  11. Marcellus Wallace
    10:02 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    (@ 3 and out) Yeah he would be much better of as a Cardinal in a subpar conference. Take that B.S. somewhere else troll.

  12. Stickman
    10:55 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    Wow the usual Loserville trolls are strangely absent now that Stoops getting a verbal from a 4* recruit has overshadowed the little stunt by their 3* commit. To beat the best you have to play against the best. Explains why he had no interest in playing for a Big Least school.

  13. Scoreboard Lately
    12:00 am January 29, 2013 Permalink

    Hey #12 we’re here in all our Sugar Bowl glory and YUM Center glory, and oh yeah….PSYCHE !

  14. UKfootball fan
    6:07 am January 29, 2013 Permalink

    #14, and the irony is that UL offered both of them. Sorry to burst your bubble but Marcus McWilson is ranked in the yop 200 overall football players in 2013 and top 20 in his respective position. What I can say about Alex Montgomery is look at his videos and they say all you need to know. I am excited to have both on board.

    Troll on troll.