Vicksburg High School football players Tyler Carter and Malik Montgomery signed collegiate scholarships on Wednesday.
Previously committed to Mississippi State University, Carter chose to take his talents to the University of South Alabama where he plans to remain a dominant athlete on the defensive line.
Carter chose USA over schools like Southern Miss, MSU, Mid-Tennessee State, Lane College, and a host of junior colleges.
“Even when I committed to MSU, they still recruited me hard and made me feel wanted instead of being just another person that they recruited,” Carter said.
After sitting out in his freshman and sophomore seasons, Carter returned to football as a junior in 2022 where he helped VHS to a district title and an appearance in the third round of the playoffs.
In that one year alone, Carter made the All-District Team and found his name being mentioned by many colleges. In 2023, he continued to work hard on the field and led the Gators to the playoffs once again where he had 51 tackles and 6.5 sacks while eventually being named Defensive MVP of the 2023 Bernard Blackwell North/South All-Star Football Game.
From a young teenager who once saw basketball as his future, Carter has made some changes that greatly benefited him and he will now be playing Division 1 football.
“I’m excited and I know it’ll be a lot of competition there so it’s going to make me better as a person and a football player, Carter added.
Tyler is the son of Andre and Shelia Carter. He also wanted to thank those who stuck by him over the years.
“I just want to thank my mom, dad, brother, grandma and my auntie because they’ve been there since the beginning,” Carter said.
Malik Montgomery has made a name for himself as a running back where all eyes were on him in multiple games. He chose to play in the SWAC as he happily signed to Mississippi Valley State University.
“They have a good vibe down there and it’s fun but I wanted to go to an HBCU and at the same time I’m going to stay focused,” Montgomery said.
As a junior in 2022, Montgomery led Warren County in rushing with 1,141 rushing yards and 17 rushing touchdowns as the Gators cruised to a district title for the first time since 1990. That outstanding season where VHS went 10-3 helped Montgomery receive offers from schools like Grambling and Southern Illinois. He was also named to the All-District Team.
Just a year later as Montgomery was preparing for an astonishing senior year, he was hit with a shoulder injury that would make him miss most of the 2023 season.
“It was very disappointing because I thought I was going to break that record but God had other plans,” he added.
Scoring a 90-yard touchdown against Callaway as a junior recaps as one of Montgomery’s favorite memories but he can soon be in the journey to making more as a Division 1 athlete.
Malik is the son of Michael and Yolonda Montgomery.
Both Montgomery and Carter played high school football under Head Coach Christopher Lacey and Todd McDaniel (former VHS coach).See a typo? Report it here.