For its for fourth verbal commitment in the 2022 recruiting class, Iowa Football reached back to its past. It offered a scholarship to and received a commitment from Wisconsin linebacker Jayden Montgomery Tuesday.
Montgomery's father, Jerry Montgomery, played for Iowa from 1998-2001, spending a year with coach Hayden Fry and three with Kirk Ferentz, still the head man for the Hawkeyes. Jerry Montgomery's impressive rise up the coaching ladder has had him with the Green Bay Packers since '15. The run started at Iowa under Ferentz.
On top of that, Jayden's mother and Jerry's wife, Natalie (Ries) Montgomery attended the University of Iowa. She was an all-state volleyball player at Dyersville (IA) Beckman Catholic.
"It means the world to me and my family," Jayden told HN. "My parents raised me as a Hawkeye and to have them offer me a scholarship to play on the team was amazing. It was a dream come true."
Jayden Montgomery (5-11, 215) plays linebacker for Bay Port (WI) High. He also reports scholarship offers from Indiana State, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, Pennsylvania, Southern Illinois and Troy.
Extremely excited For my son and all the hard work he has put in to make his dream come true. This is truly a Hawkeye family. Thank you Coach Ferentz and the entire Iowa staff for believing in @JaydenMontgo02 https://t.co/U2GH3XFe85— Jerry Montgomery (@GB_CoachMont) June 9, 2021
In four games during a spring high school season in Wisconsin, Montgomery recorded 59 tackles (26 solo, 10 for loss) and two sacks. He also forced two fumbles.
Ferentz let him know he was wanted by the Hawkeyes.
"He said he knows I will be a good fit not only because of the type of player I am but also the type of person. I understand what it means to be a Hawkeye and I can’t wait to get started," Jayden said.
Here's a look at his junior highlights: