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4-star cornerback Ken Montgomery commits & signs with Maryland football

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The Terps replace one blue-chip cornerback with another.

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When four-star cornerback Noah Boykin reopened his recruitment in late January, Maryland football’s coaching staff focused its efforts on another blue-chip cornerback. Those efforts paid off Wednesday morning, when Ken Montgomery committed to and signed with the Terps.

He’s the only new addition to the Class of 2018 since the early signing period, with Boykin and three-star tight end Maleak Bryant decommitting from the Terps in January. Bryant is on his way to Miami of Ohio, while Boykin is headed to Notre Dame.

The 6’1.5, 155-pound corner is slight, but has the length to become a cover corner during his college career. He’s the No. 33 cornerback in the country and the No. 65 overall prospect in the talent-rich state of Florida, per the 247Sports Composite. Montgomery is Maryland’s fourth-highest-rated commit. With his addition, the Terps now have the No. 25 class in the country, though that’s subject to change throughout the rest of the day. If the class holds in the top 25, it would mark the first-ever back-to-back top-25 classes in program history.

Montgomery is the second cornerback in the class for Maryland, joining three-star H.D. Woodson (D.C.) product Vincent Flythe. At safety, there’s three-star Eleanor Roosevelt (Md.) safety Raymond Boone. This class was light on defensive backs, but there are plenty of regular contributors already on the roster, and only Darnell Savage Jr. and RaVon Davis are out of eligibility after next season. Rising junior Tino Ellis and redshirt junior Marcus Lewis—each former four-star recruits—are expected to hold down starting roles during the 2018 season. Antoine Brooks, Qwuantrezz Knight and Antwaine Richardson should each play significant snaps in Maryland’s secondary as well.