Business has picked up for Iowa's 2022 football recruiting efforts of late and another athlete joined the Hawkeye fold on Tuesday night:
#AGTG Beyond excited to announce that I have received an offer and am committing to The University of Iowa! Born and raised a Hawkeye. Dream come true Thanks to everyone who has helped me get to this point! #Swarm22 @TylerBarnesIOWA @CoachSWallace @HawkeyeFootball pic.twitter.com/BJZsrw2nAR— Jayden Montgomery (@JaydenMontgo02) June 9, 2021
That's a verbal commitment from Jayden Montgomery, a 5'11", 215 lb linebacker prospect. Montgomery officially hails from Suwamico, Wisconsin (aka, Green Bay), but he's been a Hawkeye from birth -- literally. Montgomery was born at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, across the street from Kinnick Stadium. It doesn't get more "born a Hawkeye" than that.
And if the Montgomery names seems familiar, it should -- Jayden is the son of Jerry Montgomery, who played at Iowa under Hayden Fry and Kirk Ferentz. Yes, we will officially have a player at Iowa whose dad also played under the very same current head coach. Those of us of a certain age are feeling mighty old right about now. (I encourage you not to think too hard about what year Montgomery was born at UIHC unless you want to feel even older.) What's even wilder is that Montgomery might not be the only second-generation Ferentz Era Hawkeye in this recruiting class -- Iowa is also heavily pursuing Kyler Kasper, the son of Kevin Kasper.
Those legacy ties are -- for now, at least -- more prominent than his recruiting bona fides. He hasn't been rated by either Rivals or 247 Sports and Iowa was his second FBS offer, after Troy. (He also had offers from North Dakota State, UNI, Illinois State, Indiana State, Penn, and Princeton.) That said, recruiting for the next year or two seems likely to be a bit weird in the traditional metrics department, given the way COVID played havoc with high school seasons in 2020, as well as the lack of as many camp or on-campus activities during the pandemic. Montgomery does play at a big-time high school program in Bay Port, which is a point in his favor.
Montgomery is a little shorter (5'11") than many linebacker prospects, but Iowa's excelled with smaller linebackers in the past. He shows good quickness, moves well in space, tackles well, and tracks the ball (and ball carrier) very well. Many of those traits are on display in his film:
So welcome aboard, Jayden. It's exciting to have another member of the Montgomery family suiting up in black and gold.