Lovejoy defensive back Montrell Custis, who has committed to Kentucky, recently received three more college offers, including one from Alabama. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)
HAMPTON — When Montrell Custis looked at the caller ID on his cellphone, he saw Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart’s number pop up.
After answering the call, Custis was pleasantly surprised to hear another voice on the other end.
It was Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban. After the two talked briefly, the Alabama coach then extended a scholarship offer to the Lovejoy junior defensive back.
“Yes, it was really special,” Custis said of getting the call from Saban. “I really didn’t know what to say. I was really shocked.”
The three-star prospect has been committed to Kentucky since Nov. 10. He said he is still committed to the Wildcat program, but will also entertain other offers. Custis and teammate Preston Williams took a visit to Alabama over the weekend.
Williams, a five-star junior wide receiver, has been committed to Tennessee since last September. Williams father, Antonio Williams, played for the Crimson Tide.
When Custis became the first 2015 commit for the Wildcats, which completed the season under first-year coach Mark Stoops. The coach seems to have the program going in the right direction with a solid upcoming freshman class.
Rivals.com ranked Kentucky’s class No. 17 in the nation this year. Scout.com and ESPN ranked the Wildcats’ haul No. 20.
“I’ve been up there three times already,” Custis said. “I’m still committed to Kentucky. It is definitely flattering to see a program like Alabama taking interest in you. I’m just staying humble, and I realize that I’m really blessed to have these offers.”
Custis is the cousin of former Lovejoy record-setting running back Travis Custis, who signed with Georgia Tech in 2012.
New Lovejoy coach Edgar Carson says that Custis has developed into an SEC caliber player.
“He is a hardworker,” Carson said of the converted running back.
Custis 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.
In addition to Kentucky and Alabama, Custis also had reported offers from Auburn, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Louisville, Ole Miss, South Alabama and West Virginia.