Mildren Montgomery answered the phone Tuesday night and said he had just finished a conversation with somebody else.
That somebody was Iowa State running backs coach Kenith Pope, an Oklahoma University graduate who's trying to use his roots to nab one of the state's top offensive linemen.
"Coach Pope has stayed in contact with me," Montgomery, a 2014 prospect from Douglass High in Oklahoma City, said. "He and I have a strong relationship. He's known my Dad for a while, they're just old friends."
A three-star prospect who ranks as Scout's No. 71 offensive guard, Montgomery remains committed to Texas Tech but has Iowa State "absolutely" among his top three schools.
"I'm gonna go to a game there first and then I'll make my official visit up there — I don't know when that's going to be," Montgomery said. "I've visited the campus. The first thing I wanted to check off my list was the weight room. It's unparalleled, amazing. The campus is amazing, beautiful, great architecture. It's a great school."
Montgomery has an offer from Iowa State and is in regular contact with Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Arkansas, and is open to "anybody else that wants to jump on the bandwagon." He said he doesn't expect to make his final decision — Tech or elsewhere — until National Signing Day is closer."That's gonna come down to when I sign," Montgomery said. "Iowa State has been right there and we'll see in February."