Hectic Weekend In Books For Montana

Four-star quarterback prospect Nick Montana from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian has not been hurting for interest from colleges. Get his thoughts on his most recent trip to check out two schools as well as his potential future plans in this update.

After a lull in his recruitment that lasted nearly a month, it was back to the grind for Nick Montana.

In his case, that means two more unofficial trips squeezed into one weekend. The four-star quarterback prospect from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian spent roughly a day and a half at both Alabama and Georgia during the past weekend and came away impressed with what the Tide and the Bulldogs have to offer.

"They were both good trips," Montana told BuckeyeSports.com. "I'm glad I'm getting to see a good variety of schools. It gives me something to compare against. I like the coaching staffs at Alabama and Georgia. It was a good trip."

The 6-1, 185-pound quarterback was accompanied by both his parents on the trip, and he said his mom and dad both enjoyed each school. The weekend began with a Thursday flight to Alabama, where the Montanas stayed until Friday afternoon. From there, they headed to Georgia and remained there until Sunday morning, when they flew back home.

Both schools have offered him a scholarship.

The signal-caller is getting accustomed to whirlwind weeks. In late February, he took back-to-back unofficial trips to check out Ohio State and Texas.

Since then, things have been relatively quiet for Montana.

"Yeah, it was nice because it's starting to get a little crazy," he said. "That's why I'm pushing to get this thing done with so I can see the schools that I want to see and just get a better feel for everything."

Without any clear leaders for his services being publicly named, Montana said he plans to continue taking trips like the one he undertook this past weekend in an effort to narrow down his list of schools. Although the trips are not always making it easier for him to make a final decision, Montana is still hoping to make a decision sooner rather than later.

"These trips are making it easy and difficult because they all have a lot to offer," he said. "On the easy side, they're helping me evaluate schools and see where I best fit. I don't want to say I have any early favorites. I'm just keeping it all quiet right now because I want to make sure I see a bunch of schools before I start making early assumptions."

Where his next trip might be remains undecided. For now, Montana said he does not have any guaranteed visits scheduled on the horizon.

One potential visit could be a return trip to see the Buckeyes for their April 25 spring game.

"I'm still working on it," he said. "The only issue is I might have SAT or SAT tutoring the whole weekend, so we'll see."

Montana said he regularly talks to OSU head coach Jim Tressel and said he plans to call assistant quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano during the coming week. He remains the only quarterback to hold an offer from the Buckeyes, and he said the coaching staff continues to make him a priority.

Asked if he was still OSU's top quarterback priority, Montana said, "From what I know, yeah."

When he visited Columbus, Montana was accompanied by his mother but not his father. That has not stopped both parents from being fans of the Buckeyes, he said.

"I know my mom liked it," he said. "My dad wasn't on the trip with me but he's spoken with Coach Tressel and I know he loves Coach Tressel. He's been up there a couple times. I know he's impressed with Ohio State."

For now, the plan is to continue to evaluate the schools that have offered him and try to come up with at least a list of top schools in the near future.

"I think I'll take a couple more (trips)," he said. "I know I want to, so I'm going to be pushing to get those done as well. If not, after that if I don't know for sure the exact school I'll try to chop it down to three or so."


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