Junior quarterback Nick Montana joins the Green Wave football team after throwing for 2,652 yards and 22 touchdowns last season at Mount San Antonio College.
Jan. 4, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - While National Signing Day is still over a month away, the Tulane University football team added its first signee for the Class of 2013 as rising junior quarterback Nick Montana inked a National Letter of Intent with the Green Wave on Friday.
The son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Montana, Nick comes to Tulane via the junior college ranks where he threw for 2,652 yards and 22 touchdowns last season at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif. Montana - who originally signed with the University of Washington out of Oaks Christian High in 2010 - will enroll for the spring semester, participate in spring drills and have two years of college eligibility remaining. Dating back to high school, Montana has compiled a 38-3 record as a starter (27-1 in high school, 0-1 at Washington, 11-1 at Mt. SAC).
"We are very excited about the addition of Nick to our program," Tulane head football coach Curtis Johnson said. "He was very high on our list for this year's class. Nick is a highly intelligent player who has a very accurate arm and has incredible leadership skills, and he is a proven winner. We will have a young group of quarterbacks next season so we made it a priority to bring in an experienced player at that position. We believe Nick will have an immediate impact on our program."
A 6-3, 215-pound native of San Francisco, Calif., Montana brings two years of collegiate playing experience to the Green Wave after playing in six games as a redshirt-freshman at Washington in 2011 before transferring to Mount San Antonio for the 2012 season.
In his only year at Mt. SAC, Montana claimed first-team All-Southern California Football Association honors after completing 203-of-321 passes (.632) and leading the Mounties to the National Division title and a spot in the conference title game. He passed for 300-plus yards on three occasions, including a career-best 330 after completing 20-of-29 passes with a pair of touchdown strikes at Saddleback on Sept. 1.
Montana had three-touchdown performances vs. Grossmont on Oct. 6, at Los Angeles Harbor on Oct. 13 and against Riverside on Nov. 10. In addition, he posted a completion percentage of 60 or higher eight times and of 70 or better on three occasions, including an 80.6 clip after completing 25-of-31 tosses for 319 yards vs. Riverside.
After redshirting as a true freshman at Washington in 2009, Montana completed 24-of-42 passes (.571) for 226 yards and three scores for the Huskies in 2010. In his lone start in a UW uniform, Montana threw for 79 yards and a pair of touchdowns against Oregon State on Nov. 19. His first extensive action came against USC on Nov. 12 when he came off the bench to complete 9-of-15 passes for 73 yards and a score.
As a prepster for Bill Redell at Oaks Christian, Montana was a two-year starter and helped lead his team to a 27-1 overall record as a starter, including a CIF championship as a junior, and was selected to play in the prestigious Under Armour All-American Game. As a senior, he tallied 2,636 yards and 34 touchdowns on 155-of-267 passing, helped the team go 13-1 and win the Tri-Valley League crown en route to claiming All-CIF Southern Section Northwest Division and Los Angeles Daily News All-Area honors.
As a junior, Montana completed 133-of-241 passes for 2,404 yards and 33 touchdowns and was named Los Angeles Daily News Newcomer of the Year. He was named to the "Dream Team" and listed as a Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100, and was rated as the No. 34 prospect in the country by PrepStar, the No. 42 prospect in the state by Contra Costa Times "Cream of the Crop", the No. 13 quarterback in the nation by Tom Lemming, the No. 300 overall prospect and the No. 19 quarterback nationally by Scout.com, and the No. 22 quarterback and No. 25 recruit in California by Rivals.com.
"I was sold on Tulane after my official visit," Montana said. "I was very impressed with Coach Johnson and the coaching staff and I really liked the system and the direction the program is heading. I knew Tulane was a great academic school and I look forward to studying for my business degree. I also hope to help lead the team into conference title contention and playing in bowl games. My expectations are very high and I am looking forward to joining the team and getting started this spring."
Montana will join a Tulane team which is scheduled to return 39 of 54 veterans from the 2012 team. He will be one of three quarterbacks vying for the starting role during spring practice, joining sophomore Devin Powell and junior Jordy Joseph.