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March 18, 2008 9:34 AM

Former Husky recruit leaving Cal

Posted by Bob Condotta

Cal running back James Montgomery, a familiar name to UW fans who follow recruiting closely, is transferring and reportedly says he has the Huskies on his short list of potential next destinations.

Montgomery, a native of Rancho Cordova, Calif., committed to UW in July of 2005 and remained a Husky commit until the following January, when he decided to stay closer to home and attend Cal. (Here's a story from 2006 detailing his recruiting process with UW).

But after two years at Cal, Montgomery has decided he might have a better chance to play somewhere else.

"James Montgomery asked for his release and I granted it,'' Cal coach Jeff Tedford said in a release today. "He felt like there would be a better situation for him somewhere else. Fortunately for us, running back is a position with a lot of depth. We feel great about our talent at that position with Jahvid Best, Shave Vereen, Tracy Slocum and Covaughn DeBoskie.''

Montgomery told RealDawg.com that "I will be looking at Washington, maybe Florida and Fresno. Oregon.''

However, it's uncertain if the Huskies have room to take Montgomery, or if they would be interested.

UW has a full complement of 85 scholarship players on its current roster, including eight listed as running backs or tailbacks.

Montgomery redshirted in 2006 and played last season, meaning he will have to sit out again in 2008 if he transfers to a D-I school and would have just two years of eligibility remaining.

Montgomery rushed for 171 yards on 36 carries last season and scored two rushing touchdowns. He also caught four passes for 48 yards, including a 14-yard TD in Husky Stadium in UW's 37-23 win over the Bears on Nov. 17.

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