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June 9, 2009 at 11:25 PM

Even more on Montana

Assuming this is one story you guys won’t tire of anytime soon.
I had to work around some personal commitments tonight, but I was finally able to get both Oaks Christian coach Bill Redell and Nick Montana on the phone and the result is this story here.
Perception wise, this may be the biggest get in the brief coaching tenure of Steve Sarkisian, and coming five days after the decision of Jake Heaps to go to BYU, it helps put that news on the back burner.
UW had to get a QB in this class and Montana not only has the lineage — just in case you hadn’t heard, he’s the son of Joe Montana — but also an impressive list of offers to give fans legitimate reason to be excited.
Sounds as if the key things here were the relationship Montana had built up with UW coach Steve Sarkisian, as well as the situation at UW, with Jake Locker set for two more years but then a likely open competition for the job.
“He sees Sarkisian and he sees a great opportunity for himself,” Redell said.
Montana had said he had seven finalists, including his dad’s alma mater of Notre Dame, which some had thought might be the favorite for that reason, if nothing else. But Montana said he “loved the coaches. You can’t go wrong with coach Sarkisian and the staff he has put together. They are going to get that place turned around. I’m fired up.”
He said his unofficial visit to UW last weekend was the clincher.
“There’s been a lot of hard decisions along the way,” he said. “But that made everything clear.”
As might be expected, Montana said Sarkisian was ecstatic at the news. “He went crazy,” Montana said. “It was funny. He said we are going to get it rolling.”
Redell said UW “pulled off a great coup” in getting Montana and couldn’t have spoken more highly about the potential of his senior QB — you can find his scouting report on Montana in the story.
The decision also allows the UW coaches to now concentrate their recruiting efforts in other areas knowing a QB — which was a necessity for this class — is secured.
With the decision in the spring to move Luther Leonard to receiver, the Huskies have just three scholarship QBs for the 2009 season. Montana will give them four for 2010 — Locker, who will be a senior; Ronnie Fouch, who will be a redshirt junior; and Keith Price, who will be either a sophomore or redshirt freshman depending on whether he plays in 2009. The coaches seemed pleased with the progress of Fouch in the spring and he’ll obviously have the edge in experience on the rest come 2011 when Locker will be gone, though so much can happen in two years to change the pecking order it’s impossible to predict now who will take over then — but obviously Montana’s commit tonight throws a new name in the mix.
It’s also unclear if UW will take two QBs for this class and Jesse Scroggins had said he wouldn’t be dissuaded from the Huskies if Washington got another commitment. Reality, however, is that it’s unlikely Scroggins becomes a Husky now.
What is certain is that the Huskies got one of the big three QBs on their list and that there will be one pretty famous dad hanging around the program quite a bit in the years to come.

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