There has been nothing but praise and good word about Colorado Buffaloes 2015 commit Steven Montez of Del Valle High School in El Paso, Texas. He was most recently named the El-Paso Times Offensive MVP for the 2014 season, and Del Valle coach Jesse Perales believes the honor was very deserved.
"Steven made tremendous strides as his career developed," Perales told the El-Paso Times. "He was a great teammate, a great leader. He made big play after big play for us this year. He deserves everything he's gotten in his career. He has a bright future at the next level. I believe he'll have a chance to go into Colorado and play right away. I know he will give his best effort at the next level."
The 6-foot-5 Montez passed for 2,967 yards this season with an incredible 46 touchdown passes, almost doubling his junior season total. He also added 1,058 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground. The Conquistadors went 11-2 this season, but lost in the playoffs to eventual Texas 5A state champion Aledo. El Paso, Texas hasn't been known to churn out top prospects every year, but Montez was pursued as he chose the Buffs over offers from Air Force, New Mexico State and UTEP.
Montez would have more than likely received offers from some top P5 schools in the country with the senior season he had, but the Buffs offered very early in the spring of his junior year, and Montez would end up committing on June 20, 2014 and has stuck to his pledge to Coach MacIntyre and the Buffaloes.
Buffs fans should be excited for the future and Montez, as they might have snagged a diamond in the rough. With the signing last season of defensive tackle Eddy Lopez of Coronado, the Buffs may have started a connection to the El Paso area which is becoming one of the many fertile recruiting areas in Texas.
"I want to be remembered as one of the best playmakers to ever come out of this area. I want to build on my high school career as I go forward. I can still grow as a player in every way," Montez said. "I will be going to a really good school that plays in a great conference against the likes of USC, UCLA, Washington, Stanford, Oregon. Who wouldn't want to go up against that kind of competition?"
With Montez size and athleticism, he could come into fall camp, and compete right away with redshirt freshman Cade Apsay and junior Jordan Gehrke, and with only about a month left until Signing Day, Montez is anticipated to be the only quarterback to sign in the 2015 class and with all everybody saying nothing but good things, the Buffs may have found a good one.