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January 5, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Montana hoping to enroll in time for spring practice

I saw that several of you mentioned on here rumors making the rounds tonight that Nick Montana has indicated he may be able to graduate from high school early and enroll at UW in time for spring practice.
So I called his coach at Oaks Christian High, Bill Redell, who said the rumors are indeed true.
“It’s a possibility,” said Redell. “He’s trying to work it out so he can be up there in time for spring practice. I don’t think it’s taken care of yet, but I do believe it’s something that he wants to do. He just wants to make sure it’s done correctly, so he’s trying to work that out.”
Montana, son of Hall of Famer Joe Montana, committed last summer to sign with UW as part of its Class of 2010 — signing day is Feb. 3. He said at the time he did not think he would be able to graduate high school early due to some issues with transferring credits after having moved from De La Salle High in Concord, Calif. to Oaks Christian in Westlake Village, Calif., after his sophomore year. Redell said he wasn’t sure exactly the specifics of what might have changed but said he knows there are increasing options these days to get work done early, including the ability to take classes on-line. He said he knew Montana was exploring all options and was hopeful it would work out.
“He would like to be up there for the spring,” Redell said. “That would be ideal. It would be good for him to participate in a spring practice, then have a redshirt year, then have another spring and then maybe battle for the position (in 2011).”
Indeed, the Huskies will have what could be a wide-open battle for the position in 2011 after Locker graduates. The other two scholarship QBs on the roster are Ronnie Fouch, who will be a junior next season, and Keith Price, who will be a redshirt freshman.
If Montana were to enroll early it would also continue to help the Huskies in terms of scholarship numbers. Teams are limited to 25 initial enrollees in a school year and UW hopes to sign at least 30 or so players this year. But if Montana were to enroll early he could count back as part of the Class of 2009, as will running back Deontae Cooper, who graduated from high school in time to enroll for the winter quarter, which began Monday.
Commits Victor Burnett, a linebacker, and Jesse Callier, a running back, have also indicated they will enroll in time for spring practice. The spring quarter begins March 28 and spring practice begins March 29.
All of spring practices will be open to the public, according to a recent UW release announcing the dates, so if Montana does work it out to enroll, Husky fans will be able to get an early look at the team’s possible QB of the future.
Enrolling early to get a spring practice practice in before beginning a true freshman season is becoming more common. USC’s Matt Barkley did it last year, which helped him win the starting job for the Trojans this fall. Fouch also did it in 2007 and RB Chris Polk a year later.
By the way, Locker will talk to the media on Friday about his decision to return for his senior year. UW coach Steve Sarkisian will also be available then (he is currently on the road recruiting, the reason they are waiting to hold the press conference on Friday).

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