Isaiah Montgomery Picks Up Wrestling To Make Up For A Lack Of Football

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Isaiah Montgomery
Offensive Lineman, Class of 2022
Landstown, Virginia Beach, VA
6-5, 280

With no fall high school football season in Virginia, Landstown (Va.) 2022 three-star offensive lineman Isaiah Montgomery had to get creative. Yes, there’s a seven-on-seven season, but that doesn’t apply to linemen.

So, Montgomery took a rather unconventional way to get in shape: he took up a new sport, wrestling. He still hasn’t had his first match yet, but already, he’s had a transformation. Montgomery said he dropped his weight from 310 pounds to 285, in order to wrestle in the heavyweight division.

“That’ll keep me in shape,” he said. “Wrestling, I’ll have to say, that’s a tiring sport. That’s a different type of fit than I’m used to. It’s all new to learn and I barely know the rules. But it’s still fun.”

Montgomery is also in good shape in his recruitment. He’s now at 11 scholarship offers, after NC State joined last week. But while Montgomery is also being proactive with a few in-person visits, he’s not ready to narrow down the focus of his recruitment.

“I’m really looking at the feel of the campus and the vibe I get off the coaches,” he said. “That’s the main thing. I don’t really care about location, and I don’t have a major in mind yet.”

Montgomery,’s No. 17 guard in the 2022 class, said he plans to be at Virginia Tech either this weekend or possibly next week. That will be his first trip to Blacksburg, but he has some familiarity with the school and the football program.

“I know they have a large campus,” Montgomery said. “I know that for sure. They said it’s a very big college town. If you live in Blacksburg, you have to root for Virginia Tech. I’ve seen bits and pieces. I haven’t seen the whole campus so far. I saw the indoor field, but that’s about it.”

Assistant coach Darryl Tapp has been the primary recruiter thus far, but he hasn’t been the only one working on Montgomery for the Hokies.