Lovejoy defensive back Montrell Custis, who recently committed to Kentucky, gets some instruction from defensive coordinator Edgar Carson during a practice session. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)
HAMPTON — Montrell Custis still has another year to make his college choice.
But over the weekend, the Lovejoy defensive back decided not to wait any longer.
Custis took to his Twitter account and proclaimed he would become a Kentucky Wildcat when he is eligible to sign his letter-of-intent in 2015.
“They are the ones that showed me the most love,” Custis said Sunday evening via cellphone. “When a school shows you a lot of love, you have to show it back by committing. I didn’t want to wait any longer on making the choice. Their coaches have been in contact with me a while. I felt the time was right.”
Custis becomes the first 2015 commit for the Wildcats, which is in the first season of the Mark Stoops era. He also becomes the second Lovejoy underclassmen to commit to a school.
In September, Wildcats standout junior wide receiver Preston Williams committed to Tennessee after taking a weekend visit.
Custis said he hasn’t made an official visit to Kentucky yet, but felt it was the right choice after several conversations with the Wildcats coaching staff. He is the cousin of former Lovejoy record-setting running back Travis Custis, who signed with Georgia Tech last February.
“We played in some passing leagues up there over the summer,” Montrell Custis said. “It seems to be a good fit for me. I wanted to get the decision out of the way once I made my choice. Now, I can just concentrate on playing football and getting my school work.”
The Wildcats won the region for a fourth straight time and will host Marietta on Friday at Twelve Oaks Stadium in the Class AAAAAA playoffs. On the season, Custis has three interceptions, and has returned two for scores.
He is considered one of the top junior defensive backs in the state by several recruiting services. According to 247Sports.com, the 6-foot, 175-pounder is the No. 28 cornerback prospect in the junior class. That recruiting service considers Custis a four-star prospect. Both Scout.com and ESPN list him as a three-star player.
“I’m really excited about being a Kentucky Wildcat,” Custis said. “I’ve had a great relationship with their coaching staff. It is a great football program, and a great place to get my education.”
Lovejoy coach Al Hughes said he is happy for his standout defensive back.
“Montrell is a great football player,” Hughes said. “I have a lot of confidence that he will be a good football player in the SEC. Kentucky seems to be a good fit for him because it has his major. I know it is a relief to get the decision out of the way so he can just concentrate on his studies and football.”
Custis also had reported offers from Auburn, Tennessee, Mississippi State and West Virginia.