New Orleans, La. -- Tulane University announced Friday that Quarterback Nick Montana, son of football great Joe Montana will soon be joining the Green Wave football team. Although National Signing Day is still over a month away, Tulane says it has inked a National Letter of Intent with the rising junior quarterback.
The son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Montana, Nick comes to Tulane via the junior college ranks where he threw for 2,652 yards and 22 touchdowns last season at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif. Montana - who originally signed with the University of Washington out of Oaks Christian High in 2010 - will enroll for the spring semester, participate in spring drills and have two years of college eligibility remaining. Dating back to high school, Montana has compiled a 38-3 record as a starter (27-1 in high school, 0-1 at Washington, 11-1 at MT. SAC).
"We are very excited about the addition of Nick to our program," Tulane head football coach Curtis Johnson said. "He was very high on our list for this year's class. Nick is a highly intelligent player who has a very accurate arm and has incredible leadership skills, and he is a proven winner. We will have a young group of quarterbacks next season so we made it a priority to bring in an experienced player at that position. We believe Nick will have an immediate impact on our program."
A 6-3, 215-pound native of San Francisco, Calif., Montana brings two years of collegiate playing experience to the Green Wave after playing in six games as a redshirt-freshman at Washington in 2011 before transferring to Mount San Antonio for the 2012 season.
After redshirting as a true freshman at Washington in 2009, Montana completed 24-of-42 passes (.571) for 226 yards and three scores for the Huskies in 2010. In his lone start in a UW uniform, Montana threw for 79 yards and a pair of touchdowns against Oregon State on Nov. 19. His first extensive action came against USC on Nov. 12 when he came off the bench to complete 9-of-15 passes for 73 yards and a score.
As a prepster for Bill Redell at Oaks Christian, Montana was a two-year starter and helped lead his team to a 27-1 overall record as a starter, including a CIF championship as a junior, and was selected to play in the prestigious Under Armour All-American Game. As a senior, he tallied 2,636 yards and 34 touchdowns on 155-of-267 passing, helped the team go 13-1 and win the Tri-Valley League crown en route to claiming All-CIF Southern Section Northwest Division and Los Angeles Daily News All-Area honors.
As a junior, Montana completed 133-of-241 passes for 2,404 yards and 33 touchdowns and was named Los Angeles Daily News Newcomer of the Year. He was named to the "Dream Team" and listed as a Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100, and was rated as the No. 34 prospect in the country by PrepStar, the No. 42 prospect in the state by Contra Costa Times "Cream of the Crop", the No. 13 quarterback in the nation by Tom Lemming, the No. 300 overall prospect and the No. 19 quarterback nationally by Scout.com, and the No. 22 quarterback and No. 25 recruit in California by Rivals.com.
"I was sold on Tulane after my official visit," Montana said. "I was very impressed with Coach Johnson and the coaching staff and I really liked the system and the direction the program is heading. I knew Tulane was a great academic school and I look forward to studying for my business degree. I also hope to help lead the team into conference title contention and playing in bowl games. My expectations are very high and I am looking forward to joining the team and getting started this spring."