Jason Montez Jr. is one of the best players from the Pharr, Texas area in the Class of 2024.
The 5-foot-7, 200-pound Montez Jr., who attends De Leon Middle School, is a dynamic player that works as a linebacker and running back for the TYFA Mission Mustangs.
Montez Jr. has earned plenty of recognition during his outstanding career, such as being selected as a three-time city MVP, All-American MVP, TYFA state championship MVP and CCE MVP.
Montez Jr. is humbled by the accolades.
“The meaning to those awards and All-Star events define that I am able to get recognized and invited to big events that will eventually develop my skills in a professional level,” Montez Jr. said. “The experience overall was a very strong impact because it allowed me to develop my potential skills. Also, I was able to participate and compete with talented football players.”
No matter the opponent, every game Montez Jr. is determined to give it his all.
Montez Jr. is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Montez Jr. steps between the lines.
“My mindset on the field is holding the power to control the middle field and defense,” Montez Jr. said.
Montez Jr. has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the field. Montez Jr. tells why he enjoys the game of football so much.
“The thing I love about football is how I am able to build a bond with my teammates, which we consider brotherhood,” Montez Jr. said. “Also, football has taught me a lot about myself as a person. I know that we are in it to win it, but most importantly having them with me is something I’m grateful for, especially my dedicated coaches.”
Montez Jr. has learned many valuable lessons from playing football that he applies to his everyday life.
The main one is applying perspective to all situations.
“Playing football has taught me so much about life in general,” Montez Jr. said. “It has taught me that everything is earned and not given. You have to work for what you want.”
Montez Jr. recalls his favorite football memory.
“My favorite memory was in the All-American Game because my family was there to support me. Also, I made them proud by getting MVP on defense,” Montez Jr. said.”Due to getting MVP I got recognized by commentators, coaches and was awarded with an MVP belt.”
Mark Rendon is Montez Jr.’s coach for the TYFA Mission Mustangs.
Rendon explains the best parts of Montez Jr.’s game.
“Jason plays linebacker like a heat seeking missile. He reads well and flies to the ball quick. Hits like a freight train and covers a lot of ground. He is the heart of our defense and nobody has been able to run the ball on us with him in the middle. At practice we have to watch who we pair him up with during tackle drills because he can easily hurt someone,” Rendon said. “On offense this young man is hard to stop as running back. He is our workhorse. He don’t look to run around opponents, he looks to run right through them. If you think you are going to bring him down with one person think again. Always gains positive yards and always falls forward. Coming out of the back field he also has great hands and can beat you on the flats.”
Montez Jr. takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Montez Jr. makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.
“My way of demonstrating being a good teammate is expressing the hard work I put in practice and also gametime Also, I know that my team will have my back and so will I,” Montez Jr. said. “The best advice I give is to never give up and to always go 110 percent every play.”
Rendon adds that Montez Jr. is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.
“He has excellent leadership,” Rendon said. “He sets a positive example for his teammates to follow.”
Montez Jr. is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.
“My coaches have taught me to mentally and physically give it my all. You can’t just have one and not the other. My mind has to be on full affect, alert and in good spirits. Also my physicality also plays a role in this by continuing to work hard during practices so when it comes to game time I am ready,” Montez Jr. said. “The best advice they give is to always push yourself even when you’re tired. I am a strong player but mentally I am not. Meaning that I have potential, but in my mind I doubt myself and can be hard on myself. I just have to keep giving it my all by pushing myself to my limits no matter what happens out there in the field.”
Rendon is an advocate of Montez Jr.’s capabilities.
“Everyone knew they had to prepare to stop Jason and nobody succeeded. With our big linemen and Jason at back, we were hard to stop. Whenever I needed positive yards I handed him the ball because it was almost guaranteed he would get you a first down. Even though coaches knew he was getting the ball there was nothing they can do to stop it. Jason was a workhorse during our run for the state title,” Rendon said. “During the state semifinal game Jason marched us down the field and eventually allowed us to break down the defense and get in the end zone. For fall season the boys scored 488 points and only allowed 12 points with solid defense and offense.”
In addition to making clutch plays, Montez Jr. is developing a high level of football IQ as well.
Montez Jr. is growing into excellent football awareness that puts him in position to thrive.
“He’s a very smart player that always puts himself in the right spot to make plays,” Rendon said. “He truly understands the game and how to make an impact.”
Montez Jr. is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.
“He is one of the hardest working players I have on and off the field,” Rendon said. “He trains hard at practice and works out on his own as well.”
Rendon explains why he compares Montez Jr. to these standouts.
“If I would have to compare him to anyone it would be Marshawn Lynch on offense and Ray Lewis on defense,” Rendon said. “All around great player. He reminds me of your typical big Alabama running backs.”
Montez Jr. patterns his mentality after Lewis.
“I look up to Ray Lewis because he is a great leader to his team and the defense,” Montez Jr. said. “Ray Lewis is a dedicated player who takes his job on the defense to the extreme.”
Montez Jr. is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.
“My goals on and off the field are to continue my education and hopefully in the near future I’ll continue a football career in college,” Montez Jr. said.
Montez Jr. explains his collegiate aspirations.
“I don't have a specific college in mind as long as I go D1,” Montez Jr. said. “I want to be able to continue growing and maybe I'll even get noticed in the process to make it into professional football.”
Montez Jr. lists math as his favorite subject in school.
“My favorite subject is mathematics because not only am I good at it, but it is also useful during my football plays,” Montez Jr. said.
Rendon believes the sky is the limit as long as Montez Jr. continues to stay hungry.
“If this young man stays on track I see every university wanting him on their team,” Rendon said. “Remember the name.”
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