A Strong Brotherhood

Charlie Weis didn't want to do anything to strain a relationship between two close-knit brothers. He ended up finding out it would be quite the opposite.

The Montana brothers are excited.

Before offering a scholarship to Nick Montana, Weis wanted to be sure that was okay with his sophomore-to-be quarterback Nate Montana. He didn't know if the two of them potentially competing against each other for playing time and things of that nature, would be a difficult situation.

When asked this week, the older Montana gave the green light. Soon, the younger Montana will officially have his golden offer letter in his hands.

On Friday afternoon, Weis extended a scholarship offer to the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Montana over the phone.

"We just talked," Montana said. "We talked about my brother being there and the whole situation with that, and then he told me he was going to offer me.

"With my brother being there, he wanted to make sure he didn't disturb the brotherhood thing. He wanted to make sure my brother was alright with it, and I was alright with it. It was good."

So was Montana's junior season.

This past fall at Oaks Christian High in Westlake Village, Calif., Montana completed 133-of-241 passes (55 percent) for 2,404 yards and 33 touchdowns. The son of former Notre Dame quarterback and NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana, he only threw seven interceptions, helping lead his team to a 14-0 record and the Southwest Section Northwest Division championship.

Besides Notre Dame, scholarship offers have come in from Ohio State, LSU, Maryland, South Carolina, Stanford, Arizona, Florida State and Nebraska. Montana says he remains open as far as the recruiting process goes.

"This offer just makes the decision process all that much harder," Montana said of Notre Dame.

"It's great. It feels just like it would for everyone else, because it's Notre Dame and they have such a great tradition."

Especially in the Montana family. One of his older sisters has graduated from Notre Dame, and another one is currently enrolled. With that being said, Montana said he is trying to evaluate this scholarship offer the same ways as the others.

"Although I don't think I have to take too many trips out there because I'm already familiar," Montana explained. He will likely make his next visit during the spring. "I'll just see if it is the best fit for me, and if the offense fits me and all of that."

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