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Thursday, March 7, 2013
Roundtable: OU's best hire of 2013

By SoonerNation staff

Every Thursday, the SoonerNation staff will answer a roundtable question about OU football. Leave a comment or talk about it in our "There's Only One" forum.

Today's question: Which new Oklahoma assistant -- Bill Bedenbaugh, Jerry Montgomery or Jay Boulware -- was the best hire?

Jerry Montgomery
Former Michigan assistant Jerry Montgomery should provide a boost to OU's recruiting.
• Anytime you hire an assistant away from an Alabama, a Florida, USC, Ohio State and, yes, Michigan, it's usually a big-time get. Especially when the other school and its fan base does not want to lose said assistant. But that's what OU accomplished by prying Jerry Montgomery away from the Wolverines to coach its defensive line. Montgomery was becoming Michigan's "closer" on the recruiting trail, similar to what Jay Norvell has become for the Sooners, and was part of the Wolverines' gradual defensive improvement. Brady Hoke tried to keep Montgomery, which above all, shows how impressive this hire was for the Sooners.
- Jake Trotter

• Bob Stoops has done a terrific job with all three hires but Jerry Montgomery stands above the rest. His ability to recruit will be critical and his energy could make an impact throughout the program. Before he was even announced as a member of the Sooners' coaching staff, recruits were tweeting about him already putting in work for OU, proof that he hit the ground running. And his energy could rub off on others within the program. Best of all, Montgomery appears to have room to continue to grow as a coach and recruiter.
- Brandon Chatmon

• Bob Stoops knocked one out of the park with hiring of former Michigan defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery as the man to run his defensive line. Montgomery is a proven recruiter and makes OU feel not so ancient in the eyes of recruits. He's young, energetic and can relate to kids well, which is something that should help him out during his first year on the trail. He had already done some big things with Michigan's 2014 class so no reason to not have high expectations for him. There might have been too many defensive cooks in the kitchen at Michigan and now Montgomery will really get his chance to show what he can do as a coach. OU was so close but so far with many top defensive tackle prospects in 2013 with former coach Jackie Shipp. If Montgomery can seal the deal with top 2014 names, it will be a solid sign for OU's defensive line going forward.
- Bob Przybylo