High school football in Ohio has a long tradition of producing elite-level prospects and the class of 2023 has loads of talent and depth. The player that is considered by most media outlets to be the best in this class is Luke Montgomery.
After racking up 34 Division 1 scholarship offers over the last year and a half, the 6’5 270-pound offensive lineman from Findlay high school committed to Ohio State on Thursday. His top 5 options outside of Ohio State were Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, and Michigan.
As a result of his decision, Ohio State now has 5 commitments in the 2023 class and Montgomery is the highest-rated. In 2021, Montgomery earned 1st Team All-State and All-District honors for his team.
Montgomery Connects with Frye
Once the season ended, Ryan Day had a few changes with his coaching staff. They parted ways with offensive line coach Greg Studrawa and in mid-January hired Justin Frye from UCLA. Frye’s main recruiting priority when he took over was to reach out to Montgomery and build rapport. Montgomery connected well with Frye over the last month and yesterday’s commitment showed he is locked in with the new direction of the staff.
On film, Montgomery is an explosive athlete that has a great combination of size, speed, and strength for his position. He is one of the nastiest finishers in the country and has the aggressive mindset that all coaches love.
As a dominating run blocker, he overpowers defenders and has the athleticism to get to the second and third levels with ease when he pulls. As a pass blocker, Luke has the footwork and technique to stay in front of the best pass rushers and has the strength to stop them in their tracks. Montgomery has an EFN player rating of 97.
Ohio State continues its recruiting success under Ryan Day and Montgomery should help bring in more top-tier recruits prior to Signing Day in December.