February 13, 2009

Montana set to check out Ohio State

Ohio State has had its share of football legacies sign up to wear the Scarlet and Gray. Most recently Cris Carter's son Duron Carter signed to join his father's alma mater. But now there is excitement about the offspring of a famous Golden Domer and Pro Football Hall of Famer looking seriously at Ohio State.

Nick Montana has already shown the talent to be considered one of the top quarterbacks in the class of 2010 and already is sporting a handful of offers including one from Ohio State. The Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian product stands 6-foot-3 and checks in at 190-pounds. The younger Montana rarely played the second half of most of his games and still went for passed for 2,404 yards and 33 touchdowns against seven interceptions as part of his perfect season and state championship.

"I am flying in late Sunday night to Ohio State and I will be there Monday and Tuesday and then I will be in Texas on Wednesday and Thursday and then just come back home," Montana said.

The Buckeyes have told Nick that he is the No. 1 target on their quarterback board and that they would wait on making any other moves until Montana makes a decision of where to end up.

"They offered me a couple of weeks ago and the coaches were talking about getting me out there," Montana said. "I had a week break coming up this next week and I am just taking advantage of it."

Montana had been in contact with Ohio State even before the offer came through and there have been good relationships already formed between the Buckeyes and the California signal caller.

"I have been in contact to coach (Joe) Daniels a couple months before they offered," Montana said. "One day that got in touch with me and coach (Jim) Tressel told me they were offering me. I have been in contact with both coach Daniels and coach (Nick) Siciliano."

Is there any personal pressure to follow in the family footsteps and consider Notre Dame? Nick's older brother, Nate, walked on to the Irish team last season and of course there is a small legacy with the old man being a bit of a big deal during his college playing days under the Golden Dome.

"It has nothing to do with my decision," Montana said. "I am wide open at this point and I am just looking around and seeing what's out there."

Of course people want to know if the Terrelle Pryor factor might be something to sway Montana away from Ohio State. It may have scared some of the potential 2009 targets off the board before Houston (Texas) quarterback Kenny Guiton jumped on board late. Will it have any bearing on Nick's decision?

"Is that going to deter me from going there?" Montana said. "No, because he is a great quarterback and I don't have a problem with waiting a couple of years if that is what it takes."

Montana currently holds seven offers including ones from Stanford, Arizona, LSU, South Carolina, Maryland and Florida State. The senior-to-be has stated on more than one occasion that he would like to make his decision before his senior year but is there any sort of set timeline in place or will it be a matter of when it looks and feels right?

"I really don't have a timeline or a set date," Montana said. "(I will decide when it) just when it feels right and you know that you have a perfect fit."

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