Montana Takes In ND As A Recruit

On Saturday, Nick Montana's visit to Notre Dame was bridged by naps at the nearby Hilton Garden Inn.

After taking a red-eye flight from Honolulu with his family, so they could make it in town for the Blue-Gold game, it's easy to see why.

"The plane ride took a lot out of me," Nick Montana said.

But it couldn't take the fun out of the trip.

The four-star quarterback from Westlake Village, Calif., has been on Notre Dame's campus many times in the past, but this was the first time he's actually visited as an Irish recruit. Head coach Charlie Weis offered him a scholarship back in late February, and about an hour after his first nap of the trip, the Oaks Christian High signal-caller was meeting the with fifth-year Irish coach.

"It was good," Montana said. "We talked about pretty much everything there is to talk about regarding Notre Dame football and the situation I'm in, and I'm glad that I got to sit down with him and my parents.

"We talked about where I stood with recruiting and the quarterback position, and how important I am to them."

With 14 scholarship offers from the likes of Ohio State, Georgia, LSU and Stanford, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Montana is important to a lot of programs.

After meeting with Weis, Montana got some time with Irish quarterbacks coach Ron Powlus.

"It was good," Montana said. "We talked about the same stuff as I did with coach Weis, but it was a little more focused on the quarterback position, and what they're looking for out of their quarterbacks. He broke down film of the offense, and he gave me an overview of how it works. I appreciated the time."

Montana appreciated another nap. Then it was time for the spring game, where his older brother Nate helped the offense defeat the defense, 68-33 in a game with a specialized scoring system.

"They looked really good, and you can tell they're on the rise and it looks like they can only get better now," Montana said of the team.

The son of former Notre Dame quarterback and NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana, he has visited Notre Dame countless times. Montana says this trip was as good as any previous trip, but he's still evaluating all of his college options.

"I'm just taking this trip like I've taken the other trips to Ohio State and Georgia and Stanford, and everyone I've ever taken," Montana explained. His older sisters also attended Notre Dame. "I'm looking at it with open eyes and not having any preconceived notions about the place because I've been here so many times."

However, one thing was different on this trip to Notre Dame. Montana was swarmed by fans asking him for his autograph.

"There was a bunch," Montana laughed. "It was pretty funny. Growing up, it happened to my dad all the time, and my brother. For me, it was kind of weird but great."

This past season, Montana completed 133-of-241 passes (55 percent) for 2,404 yards and 33 touchdowns. He only tossed seven interceptions, helping lead his team to a 14-0 record and the Section Northwest Division championship. Montana is looking to make a college decision before the end of summer.

After one more nap, Montana spent Saturday night hanging out with his older brother and several other Irish players on the team.

"I think that's the most important thing, to see how you fit in with the team, and how you get along with who you're going to play with."


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