NORMAN — 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, who was fired earlier this month after 14 years on Stoops' staff.
An OU athletic department spokesman declined to comment, but a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed Montgomery's hiring to The Oklahoman.
The news of Montgomery's hire was first reported by GoBlueWolverine.com, the Scout network site covering Michigan.
Michigan sophomore nose tackle Ondre Pipkins tweeted about Montgomery on Saturday afternoon.
“Want to wish Coach Montgomery and his family luck at Oklahoma,” Pipkins tweeted. “He taught me a lot and I'll never forget the talks we had ... Love you coach.”
Before arriving at Michigan, Montgomery coached Wyoming defensive linemen for two seasons. The 2002 Iowa graduate has also worked at Northern Iowa and, before that, Iowa City West High School.
Currently, 34-year-old co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel is the Sooners' youngest assistant football coach.
Stoops fired three assistants earlier this month following Oklahoma's second straight 10-3 season. Offensive line coaches James Patton and Bruce Kittle joined Shipp in being dismissed.
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.