Name: JOSIAH (JOE) MONTAGUE
School: Minnetonka High School – Minnetonka, MN (Head Coach Dave Nelson)
Vitals: Cornerback (#24). 5’11″ – 180 lbs
Offers: D2 Offers
Montague is somewhat under the radar given the high school he plays for. He was the fourth of the “early commits” that committed to UND before the new staff was hired. We are surprised he doesn’t have more going in the recruiting department from other FCS schools, based on projectability.
He played both corner and safety for the Skippers and Coach Nelson’s defense as a senior, who went 6-4 in 2013. While it was nice to see the flexibility to play both spots on film, he unquestionably excels at and looks more confident and comfortable from the cornerback position. Montague specifically shows good technique in press man coverage over the #1 receiver and is able to get his hands on the release and open his hips well enough to run. He also shows good ball skills, is very physical and loves to deliver a hit. He will need to work on his ability to read and trigger in zone coverages and will also need to work on his speed. Technique will need to continue to be a strength.
We feel Montague is developmental project and expect him to redshirt and play corner at UND in the Big Sky Conference. Like Harris, he has the size to easily move to safety based on need.