South Florida’s wide receiver unit has seen its fair share of attrition over the past several months. The latest to depart the program, sophomore D’vario Montgomery, has already decided on a transfer destination.
Not that there was a whole lot of time to think about it anyway with the season just over a week away.
Iowa State announced in a statement that Montgomery has joined the Cyclones program where he’ll be reunited with his high school teammate, Sam Richardson. Richardson is believed to be the leading candidate to win the starting quarterback job for the Cyclones in 2013 after finishing out the end of the 2012 season.
Montgomery will have to sit out the 2013 season per NCAA transfer rules and will have three years of eligibility remaining starting in 2014. News of Montgomery’s decision first came via Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times.
Montgomery confirmed his intentions to the paper, saying there was “no animosity” toward USF or new coach Willie Taggart.
“I want to thank everybody who did anything for me from USF. I just feel like it’s time to go,” Montgomery said.
Though Montgomery caught just six passes last season as a freshman, he was thought to have a lot of potential and his size (6-foot-5, 200 pounds) makes him an attractive target. Instead, he becomes the third Bulls receive to depart the program over the offseason. Sterling Griffin opted to leave USF and play football at Louisiana Tech and former coach Skip Holtz, and Terrence Mitchell was suspended and will not be playing this fall.