Montrell Custis switches pledge to Alabama

The Lovejoy High junior safety calls Alabama a better ‘fit’ than Kentucky

Earlier this week, Lovejoy junior defensive back Montrell Custis committed to Alabama. He visited the campus over the weekend. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

Earlier this week, Lovejoy junior defensive back Montrell Custis committed to Alabama. He visited the campus over the weekend. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

HAMPTON — For the past six months, Montrell Custis had been committed to Kentucky after making the pledge in early November.

But the recruiting picture started to change in late February when Alabama made an offer to the Lovejoy High junior defensive back.

On Monday afternoon, the switch became official when Custis decommitted to Kentucky and says he will sign with Alabama as part of its 2015 signing class.

“I’m blessed and honored to have the opportunity to get a chance to play at Alabama,” Custis said. “The coaching staff and facilities at Alabama are awesome. My family and I thought it was the best fit for me.”

Custis attended a two-hour scrimmage at Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium over the weekend. He also attended Junior Day at the school earlier this year.

“The more and more I thought about it, I thought Alabama was a great opportunity,” Custis said. “Once I got back home over the weekend, my family and I talked about it, and I decided to make my decision.”

He’s the tenth commitment to Alabama’s 2015 signing class. The group rates second nationally, according to composite team rankings by 247Sports, a national online recruiting service.

This past season, he had four interceptions with 25 pass breakups. In addition, Custis played some on offense for the Wildcats. He also had 67 tackles for the Wildcats.

The 6-foot, 175-pound defensive back is considered a three-star recruit by most national recruiting services. Custis is rated No. 58 nationally among cornerbacks in 247Sports rankings. This past season, he helped the Wildcats win their fourth straight region championship as the team reached the second round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs.

“I want to be the best that I can be, so to be the best, you have to compete against the best, play with the best and play against the best — and you get all that of at Alabama,” said Custis, an all-county selection by the Clayton News Daily. “Alabama is one of the top programs in the country. Even though Kentucky was a great program from top to bottom, me and my family decided to go ahead and de-commit because Alabama has a great feel, and it just fits me the best.”

Custis became the first 2015 commit for the Kentucky Wildcats, which completed its first season of the Mark Stoops era. He also became the second Lovejoy underclassmen to commit to a school.

Last September, Wildcats standout junior wide receiver Preston Williams committed to Tennessee after taking a weekend visit.

He said making the call to the Kentucky staff to break the news was not easy.

“It was a pretty difficult decision to decommit, but I feel like I’ve made the right decision,” said Custis.

He is the cousin of former Lovejoy record-setting running back Travis Custis, who signed with Georgia Tech last February. Custis also had reported offers from Auburn, Tennessee, Mississippi State and West Virginia.