When it comes to recruiting, college football can be a cold, cold world.
That’s something offensive lineman Dave Montas found out the hard way when the Florida A&M Rattlers football program pulled its offers literally hours before national signing day, via Hialeah High football’s official Twitter page:
Montas had originally committed to Florida A&M last summer.
Although other schools showed interest, the Hialeah, Fla., native shut down his recruitment following his verbal. There was no doubt in his mind that he wanted to be a Rattler.
Unfortunately, the feeling isn’t mutual anymore.
Montas’ grades and test scores seemed to be the deciding factor.
“It hurts because they were telling me I was good (academically),” Montas said, per AL.com’s Mark Heim. “If it wasn’t good, they were leading me on. They should have seen this.”
Still, according to his high school coach, Marc Berman, Montas’ grades met the NCAA’s full-qualifier status based on sliding scale.
Berman believes the offer was pulled for other reasons.
“FAMU had too many offers,” he said, via Heim’s report. “They shouldn’t wait until 6:20 p.m. the night before national signing day. They shattered the kid’s dreams.”
It’s just a horrible turn of events for a young man who should be having the time of his life. Montas was set to finalize his future plans along with 15 other teammates and athletes at Hialeah High on Wednesday.
Instead, the 6’2”, 285-pounder will be left picking up the pieces of a shattered dream:
Damn Right Before Signing Day I Feel Like Someone Ripped My Heart Out And Crushed My Dreams— Dave Montas (@BigDave_56) February 4, 2014
We can only hope that Montas' story has a happy ending. No kid deserves this.
Unless otherwise noted, all recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.