Oklahoma football: Jerry Montgomery joins OU staff as defensive line coach

Bob Stoops hired 33-year-old Jerry Montgomery to coach defensive linemen, making him Oklahoma's newest and youngest assistant coach. Montgomery, Michigan's defensive line coach the past two seasons, replaces former OU assistant Jackie Shipp.
BY JASON KERSEY Modified: February 23, 2013 at 2:53 pm •  Published: February 23, 2013
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photo - Wyoming nose guard Marcus Felker (93) goes through a drill during an indoor spring football practice Tuesday, March 24, 2009, in Laramie, Wyo, as Cowboys defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery, right, watches his players. (AP Photo/Laramie Boomerang, Andy Carpenean)
Wyoming nose guard Marcus Felker (93) goes through a drill during an indoor spring football practice Tuesday, March 24, 2009, in Laramie, Wyo, as Cowboys defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery, right, watches his players. (AP Photo/Laramie Boomerang, Andy Carpenean)

The past few seasons, Shipp has only coached OU defensive tackles, with longtime Stoops lieutenant Bobby Jack Wright handling defensive ends. It remains to be seen if Stoops will shuffle his staff and place Montgomery in charge of the entire defensive line.

Former West Virginia assistant Bill Bedenbaugh was hired last week to coach the offensive line; a significant reason for Bedenbaugh's hire was his recruiting acumen, and Montgomery appears to possess strong skills in that department as well.

Montgomery played a key role in Michigan's back-to-back top-10 recruiting classes, and he didn't just recruit defensive linemen.

In the Wolverines' No. 5-ranked 2013 class, Montgomery helped recruit five-star prospect Derrick Green, the Richmond, Va., product considered by Rivals to be the nation's top running back.

He also was involved in the recruitment of four-star outside linebacker Mike McCray (Trotwood, Ohio), and four-star defensive tackle Henry Poggi (Baltimore).

Montgomery has apparently hit the ground running as an Oklahoma recruiter; 2014 four-star defensive end Andrew Williams, from Eagle's Landing Christian in McDonough, Ga., tweeted that Montgomery called to say he'd joined the OU staff.

Williams already holds several impressive Division I scholarship offers, including Montgomery's former employer, Michigan, as well as Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Texas A&M.