Steven Montac appears to be the last piece to the puzzle for Will Muschamp’s first signing class at South Carolina.
The defensive back from Coffeyville Community College expects to join the Gamecocks within the next couple of days as a member of the Class of 2016 and be eligible to play this season. As soon as his transcript arrives in Columbia, he’ll make the move from Covington, Ga.
Montac visited last month.
“This coaching staff is all about business, but it’s just like a family there,” he said. “Everybody is happy there and they’re working. I saw one of the workouts, they were working really hard.
“It’s a new South Carolina, I should say.”
Muschamp, of course, is leading the way.
“I like that he’s an aggressive defensive play-caller. He gives corners chances to play press coverage, plays man-to-man coverage, actually,” Montac said. “He’s focused and he has a plan for the school. I’m just ready to embrace the opportunity to play with them. It’s really a blessing. Not too many people get that chance.”
Boise State was his other option. Had he stuck around for his second year at Coffeyville, Montac believes Florida State would have offered, too.
“I felt like I had a better opportunity at South Carolina,” he said. “It’s two hours away from my house and then it’s just a great program. It’s a nice place, too. My parents can see me play and all my friends.
“And then, my fellow teammate – he’s actually like my brother – JaMarcus King, he goes there, so that’s another thing.”
King, a 4-star cornerback, transferred to South Carolina in the summer.
“He loves South Carolina. He loves the coaching staff. He loves everything about it … I know he won’t steer me wrong,” Montac said.
Because he was fully qualified out of high school, Montac can play immediately at South Carolina. And, since he spent only one year at Coffeyville, he has four years to play three.
The Gamecocks shortage at cornerback presents an opportunity for him to play in 2016.
“I’m going to come in and compete, compete for a starting spot, get on the field and help the team any way that I can,” Montac said.
During his only season at Coffeyville, Montac had 17 tackles and an interception.