Montana Enjoys Trip To Ohio State

California quarterback Nick Montana received a scholarship offer from Ohio State on National Signing Day, and an unofficial visit was quickly scheduled to see what the Buckeyes have to offer him. With the trip complete, BuckeyeSports.com has the first word on how Montana enjoyed his visit and what comes next for the prospect.

Ohio State got an up-close-and-personal look with its hopeful quarterback of the future this week when Westlake (Calif.) Oaks Christian athlete Nick Montana made an unofficial visit to check out the Buckeyes.

After immediately arriving in Austin, Texas, for a similar unofficial visit to check out the Longhorns, Montana had positive reflections on his trip to Columbus.

"It was great," he told BuckeyeSports.com. "It's hard to say anything bad about the place. They kept me busy the whole time, and it was a good overall visit."

While in Columbus, Montana said he got to check out the entire campus including Ohio Stadium before sitting down and speaking with the coaching staff and academic advisors. After that, he also took in a tour of the school's college of business.

One coach he did not get to spend time with was OSU head coach Jim Tressel, however.

"He was actually not here," Montana said. "He's with 20 other coaches with the Nike rep, so he was out of town."

While in Columbus, Montana said he primarily spent time with quarterbacks coach Joe Daniels and football operations assistant Nick Siciliano, who is also helping out at the quarterbacks position.

"They're a phenomenal group of guys," he said.

In addition to the time with the coaches, Montana said he got to meet a few current Buckeyes including incumbent starter Terrelle Pryor.

"It was awesome," he said. "They're a great bunch of guys. It's fun, especially coming from California to see all the guys from Ohio and wherever else they come from."

Montana's two-day visit saw central Ohio enjoy some seasonably warm weather, with temperatures hovering in the upper 40s. Warm is a relative term in this case, Montana said.

"I guess it was a pretty warm day for everyone in Ohio, but for me and my mom it was pretty cold," he said with a laugh.

Montana's father, Joe, was unable to make the trip with his son. Instead, he was accompanied by his mother, Jennifer.

Prior to the trip, Nick said his hope was to get a better feel for what campus life would be like should he decide to attend school at OSU. After the visit, the 6-1, 185-pound member of the class of 2010 said he had accomplished that goal.

"It was a little different, but I think that's what intrigues me about the place and about being away from home," he said. "I know it's not something I couldn't handle. I think it would be a fun experience."

Next up is a similar visit to check out the Longhorns, although they have not offered Montana a scholarship. There remains no timetable as to when Montana might pick a final school, he said, adding that it could come in a week or a month.

The OSU coaches are aware of the situation and have not pressured him into trying to make a quick decision, Montana said.

"Coach Daniels mentioned it again," he said. "They just told me what they told me before, that I'm their guy. They didn't push me into anything.

"It was definitely a plus getting out to Columbus. I had a good time."


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