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Maryland redshirt freshman cornerback Ken Montgomery has entered the transfer portal for personal reasons, the program announced Saturday.

“I will be entering my name into the transfer portal in an effort to move closer to home as I deal with some personal issues,” Montgomery said in a team press release. “I want to thank Coach [Mike] Locksley and my teammates for a great experience at Maryland and I wish them nothing but the best.”

Montgomery came to Maryland as a late addition in the 2018 recruiting class, as the four-star cornerback was the Terps’ lone signee of the February signing day. The Tampa, Florida, native continued a trend of commitments from the state under DJ Durkin (this seems to be continuing under Locksley). Montgomery was ranked as the No. 33 cornerback in the country by the 247Sports Composite.

While he didn’t see game action in 2018, Montgomery was expected to compete for a rotational role at corner this season. Instead, he looks to head back south for reasons beyond football.

“We are in full support of Ken as he looks to move back closer to home,” head coach Mike Locksley said in the release. “He was a model student and teammate since I took over the program and we will continue to support him in any way that we can.”

In other transfer news

Former Alabama defensive end Eyabi Anoma, a Baltimore native who recently reentered the transfer portal, reportedly committed to Houston over the weekend. According to AL.com’s Matt Zenitz, Anoma has been on Houston’s campus since Friday.

Maryland made plenty of sense as a landing spot for Anoma, who had reportedly been dismissed from Alabama after previously being suspended by the program. But it looks like he’ll join new Houston coach Dana Holgorsen.

In other news

Maryland football held its media day Friday, and we had a couple more roster updates. Senior linebacker Keandre Jones will be immediately eligible for the 2019 season, while Sean Savoy and Tahj Capehart are switching to wide receiver and cornerback, respectively.

Two more notes:

  • Capehart switched to No. 31, which was previously occupied by linebacker Nnamdi Egbuaba. This likely means Egbuaba, who was entering his sixth college season, is off the roster.
  • Rayshad Lewis is still listed as a cornerback but is currently practicing with wide receivers. With both Lewis and quarterback Tyler DeSue wearing No. 13, look out for a number change to signify whether Lewis is moving permanently.

Cody wrote about graduate transfer tight end Tyler Mabry, who came to Maryland to test himself against Big Ten competition in his final season.

Defensive Backs Week wrapped up with a look at the backup cornerbacks (which, as recently as Friday, included Montgomery) and safeties, plus the five-man crop of freshmen headlined by Nick Cross.

Our State of the Program series continued with tennis, which hired a new coach this offseason.

Maryland basketball continues to make appearances on Andy Katz’s offseason listicles, with Jalen Smith joining the group of “16 names you’ll be hearing during March Madness.”

And former men’s lacrosse star Colin Heacock is still dominating in Major League Lacrosse, scoring six goals for the Chesapeake Bayhawks on Saturday night.