Montiel goes with Memphis

Daniel Montiel

Arlington High (Arlington, Texas) senior offensive lineman Daniel Montiel didn't even consider the University of Memphis until a little over a week ago.

Arlington High (Arlington, Texas) senior offensive lineman Daniel Montiel didn't even consider the University of Memphis until a little over a week ago.

On Monday morning, he was on the phone with new Tigers coach Justin Fuente committing to play for him next year — as a tight end.

"It's something I've been wanting to play," Montiel said. "Now that I have a chance to play in college, I wanna take advantage of it."

Montiel said he began considering the Tigers when Fuente hired Louisiana-Monroe offensive line coach Vance Vice.

He also considered Louisiana-Monroe, New Mexico, and Eastern Kentucky.

"I know (Memphis has) good facilities," Montiel said. "The coaches are really nice and cool. I know the school is really good and it's a nice city."

Scout.com field reporter Erin Hartigan, who broke the story of Montiel's commitment, said he can a big difference-maker for Memphis next season.

"He's not huge, but for his stature, he is so athletic," Hartigan said. "The kid can move unlike most his size. I think, if anything, he could fill an outside receiver's role. I truly believe he's gonna match up well with the defensive ends that I've seen Memphis go against."

Montiel said Fuente, who was hired earlier this month, visited him at his high school last week and that he was impressed with the first-time head coach.

He said he hopes to bring something new to the Tigers, who are 5-31 in the past three seasons. Under former coach Larry Porter, Memphis didn't often utilize its tight end position in either of his two seasons.

"Coach Fuente is gonna run a good offense and use the tight end a lot," Montiel said. "Hopefully it'll all work out and I'll bring versatility."

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