One of the more under-the-radar stories in college football recruiting this fall has been the recruitment of Nick Montana, the son of NFL legend Joe Montana, who briefly played for the Washington Huskies and most recently for Mt. San Antonio Junior College.
After much deliberation, Montana has signed a letter of intent to play for the Tulane Green Wave during the 2012-2013 season for coach Curtis Johnson, who is looking to turn things around in New Orleans as the school finishes up in Conference USA next fall and moves toward their new home in the Big East for 2014.
Montana was a highly-recruited high school quarterback out of high school, but appeared in only one game for Washington in 2011 before transferring to Mt. San Antonio where he tallied 2,622 yards and 22 touchdowns this season.
A junior this coming season, Montana will look to compete for the starting quarterback job at Tulane against freshman Devin Powell who played sparingly in 2012.
While Nick Montana has plenty to live up to in the shadow of his legendary father, it’s a safe bet he’ll be productive for a Tulane squad that’s looking for a sea change in a losing culture, and appears to have found the right man in Curtis Johnson to help them in that direction.
If nothing else, having a player with the name recognition of Nick Montana on the roster should provide a draw for a program that’s constantly competing against the myriad of entertainment options in the Big Easy on Saturday afternoons.
That, in and of itself, is worth it’s weight in gold.
Kris Hughes is the College Football Network Manager for Rant Sports and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. You can follow him on Twitter or check out his Facebook page. Kris the host of Rant Sports Radio on the Blog Talk Radio Network Wednesday evenings at 8 Central Time.