A four-star quarterback from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian, Montana had been told by OSU head coach Jim Tressel that the Buckeyes would not offer a scholarship to any other quarterback in the class of 2010 until they heard from him.
Then, on May 24, Cincinnati Moeller signal-caller Andrew Hendrix received a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes. As it turns out, Montana knew that an offer was going to be extended before the OSU coaches made the phone call.
"I know there's a lot of speculation and everything that they're dropping (on my list) because they offered another quarterback, but they're not at all," Montana told BuckeyeSports.com. "I talked to Coach Tressel about it. He stressed to me the importance of getting a quarterback this year for them.
"I told them I appreciated them keeping their word until this point with not offering another quarterback, because that's something they had promised me early on this year. I told them I appreciate it but I understand their situation and they don't have to worry about me. I told them, ‘I'm not going to think any less of you guys, because you have to do what you have to do.' "
After landing his offer from the Buckeyes, Hendrix said that they had jumped to near the top of his list. Montana said he does not have a final decision date in mind, raising the possibility that the Ohioan could issue a commitment before he is ready to do so himself.
In that case, the possibility exists that OSU could take both quarterbacks, he said.
"I think so," he said, "but I don't know if they're aiming to."
Getting to that number required being proactive on at least one front.
"I've been on some trips and that helped me eliminate some schools," he said. "Some of the schools you just know in your head that that's not the place you want to be. You just know it's not going to be a good fit for you. Then I was looking at academics and the coaching staff, seeing if they put guys in the NFL. There's a lot of things that go into it."
This week marks final exams at Oaks Christian. Once Montana finishes off the final part of his junior year of school, he will be heading north to visit with an old acquaintance.
"I'm going to check out Washington this weekend to get another feel for a different type of school," he said. "I've had a prior relationship with Coach (Steve) Sarkisian just from him having been at USC. My quarterbacks coach and parents thought it would be a good idea for me to look up there and see how it goes. It's going to come down to comfort level and where me and both my parents feel is going to be the best spot."
Although the recruiting process was enjoyable at first, the 6-1, 185-pound Montana said he is growing tired of the grind.
"It was all fun in the beginning," he said. "I don't even open mail anymore and e-mails are tough to keep up with all the time, especially toward the end of school."
The past month has seen a number of coaches walk through the doors at his high school, and two OSU coaches were among them. Montana said both tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator John Peterson and assistant quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano have made visits to Oaks Christian.
Once he gets through finals and the weekend trip to see the Huskies, Montana said his focus will turn toward his senior season.
"I'm just trying to progress with the team first and work toward a state championship next year and another undefeated season," he said. "You can't do enough footwork and I'm throwing and working with my quarterbacks coach and my dad every weekend. I'm just trying to get as good as I can."
And hopefully along the way, he will find a way to narrow down his list of schools even further.
"I think it just comes down to comfort level," he said. "I still have a lot of thinking to do."