College football is back.
It’s August, and later this month, the 2019 regular season is set to begin. However, fall camps are now starting all around the country.
For Maryland, Saturday marked day two of fall camp and the Terrapins are already losing out on a player they thought would be on the roster.
Saturday evening, defensive back Ken Montgomery Jr. entered his name into the transfer portal. Assuming Mongomery gets picked up by another school, he will likely have to sit out the 2019 season.
Why is Montgomery leaving Maryland? Reportedly, it’s due to personal issues:
“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,” he said. “I want to thank Coach [Michael] Locksley and my teammates for a great experience at Maryland and I wish them nothing but the best.”
Montgomery was a part of Maryland’s 2018 recruiting class — as a 4-star recruit — and was actually the final member to sign in that class. He did not appear in any games in 2018, but was expected to compete for playing time this season.
Head coach Mike Locksley made a statement regarding Montgomery entering the transfer portal:
“We are in full support of Ken as he looks to move back closer to home. 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.”
It sounds as though there are no hard feeling here. In a world where student-athletes often get criticized for transferring from one school to another, sometimes it comes down to more than just a selfish reason regarding the sport.
That seems to be the case with Montgomery and the Terps.