Montana makes commitment

Nick Montana, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound quarterback from Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, Calif. - and son of legendary NFL QB Joe Montana - has apparently verbally committed to Washington over scholarship offers from Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State and others, the Los Angeles Times is reporting Monday night. Montana is ranked as the No. 13 QB in the country by

Using OC Head Coach Bill Redell as their source, the Times also said that Nick's father would be his quarterbacks coach this fall at Oaks Christian.

"He's an outstanding player, he's an outstanding young man, he's an outstanding leader," Redell told Monday night shortly after he learned of Montana's decision. "He's got a great arm. He can run. He has great speed. He has great leadership skills. He's just a very, very talented kid. He's very much a competitor and team leader and very popular with his teammates.

"He comes from an outstanding family: Forget the fact that his Dad was maybe one of the greatest quarterbacks to have played the game - they are just an outstanding family. So the University of Washington isn't just getting a great player; they are getting a great family too."

Montana apparently made his verbal commitment to the Huskies around 7:30 or so Monday night. "He's looked at a lot of schools, and I think every school that has offered he's been to," Redell said. "But I think this last trip, this past weekend, he came back and told me that he really liked it, really liked the coaching staff - and in particular coach (Steve) Sarkisian."

Redell didn't think Montana would make a commitment until the end of the week, but wasn't too surprised when he got the call. "I think he was anxious to make the decision, but he called me and told me he had decided to go to the University of Washington," he said.

It's clear that first-year head coach Sarkisian played an vital role in Montana getting comfortable with a decision to eventually move north. "Sarkisian is a great guy and Washington is very fortunate to get him as their football coach," Redell said of the former USC Offensive Coordinator. "He'll bring that program back. To recruit a guy like Nick Montana, that's a real plus for the University of Washington and coach Sarkisian, to grab a kid of his caliber."

Erik Kohler, Malcolm Jones, Cassius Marsh and Zac Stout are all from Oaks Christian, and all have standing offers from Washington. Could they join their signal-caller? Stout is definitely one that will move in another direction, as he has already verbally committed to Brigham Young, but what about the others?

"They were looking at (Washington) anyway, but I think Montana going there just might influence them a little bit," Redell said. "But it's hard to know. I do think Washington would be in the top-4 or top-5 for those other kids. Nick is a very popular kid on the team, so that might factor in their thinking."

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