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home : sports : sports August 19, 2017

6/14/2017 3:36:00 AM
COLLEGE SIGNING: Caleb Montgomery signs letter of intent to play college football
Pictured in the front row from (L-R) are Amy Montgomery (mother), Caleb Montgomery and Greg Montgomery (father). In the back row are Vinton County Basketball Coach and Athletic Director Matt Combs, Vinton County head football coach Jeff Downs and Vinton County High School Principal Kevin Waddell.

Pictured in the front row from (L-R) are Amy Montgomery (mother), Caleb Montgomery and Greg Montgomery (father). In the back row are Vinton County Basketball Coach and Athletic Director Matt Combs, Vinton County head football coach Jeff Downs and Vinton County High School Principal Kevin Waddell.


RED THOMPSON, JR.
Staff Writer


McARTHUR - Caleb Montgomery, a young man who turned in a very quality career, at Vinton County High School is on his way to Morehead State (KY) University to join the Golden Eagles football team.

Recently, he held a signing ceremony in the VCHS Media Center. Montgomery, the son of Greg and Amy Montgomery, was a standout player for Coach Jeff Downs on the football team. He was a running back, wide receiver while also doing some kickoff and punt returning. Montgomery was also a member of the elite eight basketball team, under the direction of Matt Combs, and garnered a great experience. Montgomery also considered joining the US Military ROTC Program during his senior year.

The Golden Eagles compete in the Pioneer League, which has member schools ranging from New York, North Carolina, Florida in the east to California in the west.

Schools in the Pioneer League are Butler University, Davidson College, University of Dayton, Drake University, Jacksonville (FL) University, Marist College, University of San Diego, Stetson University and Valparaiso University.

Morehead State, which is coached by Rob Tenyer is currently the only public school in the conference.



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The Golden Eagles, who play their home games in the 10,000 seat Jayne Stadium, finished with a 4-7 record overall in 2016.

Montgomery stated he scouted around some and found Morehead State to be a good fit for him.

"I looked at some smaller schools such as Marietta and Wilmington," said Montgomery.

He said a coach from Morehead contacted him. Through test and phone conversations, Montgomery was sold on the program and decided to become a Golden Eagle.

Montgomery is expected to join the defensive unit as a safety and his offensive skills he utilized in high school should help him on the defensive side of the ball. He has good hands, good speed and sees the field well.

When he is in the classroom, Montgomery plans to major in accounting and agri-business and is hoping for a career in business. He noted the school is about a two-and-a-half hour drive and he hopes some of the local fans will come and watch him play.

Montgomery also stated he will have many special memories of playing at Vinton County High School, especially during the basketball season and the games at the Convocation Center, he said, were a special memory of his high-school career.

"I will miss playing sports with my friends and it is something I will never forget," said Montgomery. "Every year, I worked hard and tried to improve the program."

Now, Montgomery will be working in the same realm and his goal is to have a great career at Morehead State University.





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