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Iowa’s latest football recruiting commitment is already part of family.

Linebacker Jayden Montgomery, the son of former Hawkeye Jerry Montgomery, has verbally committed to be part of Iowa’s 2022 recruiting class, a decision he made public Tuesday night.

“Beyond excited to announce that I have received an offer and am committing to the University of Iowa. Born and raised a Hawkeye. Dream come true,’’ Montgomery wrote on Twitter. “Thanks to everyone who has helped me get to this point.’’

The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Montgomery made his decision following an early-week visit to the Iowa campus.

The Hawkeyes offered the Suamico, Wis., prep a scholarship following two productive seasons on the varsity level at Bay Port High School, the same program that produced Iowa projected starting offensive tackle Jack Plumb.

Montgomery recorded 80 tackles, including 11 tackles for a loss, as a sophomore in the fall of 2019 and followed that with 59 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, two sacks and two forced fumbles for Bay Port in a shortened four-game spring season this year.

The decision to follow in his father’s footsteps as a Hawkeye went over well with Jerry Montgomery.

Recruited by Hayden Fry and a starter at defensive tackle on Kirk Ferentz-coached Iowa teams for three seasons, Jerry Montgomery began his coaching career as a student assistant with the Hawkeyes in 2002.

His coaching resume includes stops at North Iowa Area Community College, Northern Iowa, Michigan and Oklahoma before joining the Green Bay Packers staff in 2015. He currently is preparing for his fourth season as the Packers’ defensive line coach.

“Extremely excited for my son and all the hard work he has put in to make his dream come true,’’ Jerry Montgomery wrote on Twitter. “Thank you coach Ferentz and the entire Iowa staff for believing in Jayden Montgomery.’’

The Hawkeyes’ newest commitment, ranked as a three-star prospect on a five-star scale by 247Sports and Rivals, selected Iowa over offers from Indiana State, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, Pennsylvania, Southern Illinois and Troy.

Montgomery is the fourth player to announce intentions to sign with Iowa in December, joining defensive ends Aaron Graves of Gowrie, Iowa, and Caden Crawford of Lansing, Kan., in addition to offensive lineman Jack Dotzler of Waunakee, Wis.

He wasn't the only legacy recruit to visit Iowa this week. Kyler Kasper, the son of former Hawkeye receiver Kevin Kasper, joined his father in a visit to Iowa City.


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