Outfielder originally slated for Illinois


Mt. Vernon senior Troy Montgomery.

FORTVILLE — On the baseball diamond, Troy Montgomery is always in a hurry.

The Mt. Vernon senior bats leadoff and patrols centerfield, two positions that require a sense of urgency in order to be played correctly.

Initially, Montgomery embraced a similar approach when came to deciding where he wanted to play collegiate baseball. He committed to the University of Illinois in late April after making two trips to the school’s campus in Champaign.

Then, as his summer season hit full swing, Montgomery realized brevity wasn’t the best course of action regarding his baseball future. After much thought, Montgomery withdrew his commitment to Illinois in favor of Ohio State.

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