Tyler Montgomery is a 6’1″, 275 pound interior offensive lineman from Saint Joseph Catholic School in Greenville, Mississippi. He is an All-District and All-State offensive lineman coming out of the Class of 2024. Montgomery’s strengths as an interior offensive lineman are his quickness off the ball, allowing him to shoot his hands and drive defenders back, creating running lanes for his teammates or providing his quarterback with a clean pocket to throw from.
At Saint Joseph, he has been able to display his exceptional football skills as a leader on the offensive line. His technical blocking ability and strength make him a very effective player who knows how to read defensive line stunts and blitzes. In addition to being a physical athlete, Tyler Montgomery is highly intelligent and understands the game of football. He is willing to put extra time into film, as well as in the classroom where Tyler maintains a 3.6 GPA. I had the chance to speak with this talented center about his young career thus far. Check out his junior season highlights, as well as our conversation below:
Q: To start, tell us about yourself, where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in Greenville, Mississippi. I have always gone to Saint Joseph Catholic School. I have been starting on the offensive line at Saint Joseph Catholic School since I got to the high school level.
Q: When did you start playing football?
I have been playing football basically my entire life. I started playing around 5 years old at the peewee level.
Q: Do you play any sports other than football?
Other than football, I golf.
Q: What is one of the biggest challenged you’ve faced playing football, and how have you overcome that?
I think my size could be seen as a challenge for the next level but I am prepared for that. 6’1″ is not that small but I still am working out in the weight room every day and practicing because I know I can get to the next level.
Q: What is your favorite aspect of playing the center position?
I love coming off the ball with a head full of steam. I enjoy getting to hit the guy in front of me and protect they guys behind me.
Q: Is there someone that you look up to on the offensive line?
I really looked up to Britain Virden, a former player at Saint Joseph that went on to play at Mississippi State. (Virden is now retired from football due to injury) Since then, I have taken it upon myself to lead this offensive line.
Q: What are some strengths you have that can make you an impact athlete at the next level?
I am a heard worker who is constantly putting in extra time in the weight room and on the field. I would say my biggest strengths are my hand placement, foot movement, and blocking abilities.
Q: How would your teammates describe you?
I think they would describe me as a leader and a motivator.
Q: What are you looking forward to this upcoming season, any specific goals for you?
To get more attention from coaches throughout the next season. I also would like to get all-state offensive line; last year I was in the running and I received all-district but this upcoming season I plan on getting over that hump. We won the State Championship last year so I would like to get back there with this team again. Nothing will beat the feeling of winning the last game.
Q: What Motivates you to get better as a football player?
I want to be able to get to college and not have my mom have to pay for that. I want to be able to play at the next level.
Tyler’s success on the football field has not gone unnoticed by college recruiters. He is a highly sought-after prospect, with several Division I programs expressing interest in him. However, Tyler remains focused on his high school career and is not allowing the attention to distract him from his goals. Tyler Montgomery is the ideal interior offensive lineman that is athletic, strong, and technical with his hand placement and footwork.
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