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January 14, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Montana says he will enroll in March

Had a chance last night to talk to Nick Montana, the Oaks Christian High senior quarterback and son of a former NFL QB of some renown who has committed to sign with UW last February. And he confirmed that he will be able to enroll at Washington in time for spring practice, which begins March 29.
When he committed, Montana had said he didn’t think he could graduate early due to a few issues with transferring credits after having moved from De La Salle High in Concord, Calif., to Oaks Christian in Westlake Village after his sophomore year.
But Montana said a recent meeting with a school counselor made him aware of a crucial fact — that UW is on the quarter system. Montana had just assumed it was on the semester system.
“I knew I couldn’t graduate in time to get up there by January,” he said.
But the meeting with the counselor made it clear he could get it done in time to graduate and enroll at UW for the beginning of spring quarter March 28. UW’s spring practice begins the next day.
Montana said he will take a few classes on-line to get it all done in time.
“It’s going to be great,” he said. “Obviously it’ll be great to get started learning the playbook and all that, but I’m also just really excited to be around Jake (Locker) as much as I can. I’m really excited to work with him.”
Montana said when he heard that Locker was coming back for another year that that was “pretty exciting. It’s going to be great to get to watch him.”

Had Locker left, the door might have been open for Montana to compete for a starting job, or at least playing time, in 2010. Reality now is that he’s probably headed for a redshirt season. Redshirt junior Ronnie Fouch and redshirt freshman Keith Price also return and will start the spring ahead of Montana on the depth chart.
Montana said that “I have no idea what they have planned for me. But you have to go into it with the idea that you are competing to start because you have no idea what can happen.”
Montana then threw out the example of Texas true freshman Garrett Gilbert’s performance in the national title game, when he was thrust into action after an injury to Colt McCoy. “You could tell he was prepared for that game,” Montana said, saying his goal will be to be as equally prepared to play if needed.
Montana is one of at least nine players already committed to UW who is expected to be in town for an official recruiting visit this weekend (there are also three uncommitted players coming). Also among the commits is Montana’s high school teammate, left tackle Erik Kohler.
A usual staple of such visits is attending the home basketball game, which has had some UW fans wondering if they might get a glimpse of Montana’s dad, Hall of Fame QB Joe Montana.
Nick Montana said his father will be on the trip with him. But as for the hoops game? “I don’t know if he’s going to go to that or not,” Nick Montana said, meaning will apparently just have to wait and see — tipoff is 11:30 a.m.
Montana is expected to be one of four players to enroll early. RB Deontae Cooper is already in school while RB Jesse Callier and LB Victor Burnett have also said they plan to enroll in time for spring ball.
Enrolling early means the players can count against the Class of 2009 as initial enrollees, if needed, to make the numbers work to get more players into the Class of 2010.
Montana committed to UW in early June, helping kickstart a recruiting class that currently is ranked No. 7 by Montana said no other schools ever really made a run for his services after his commitment.
“I made it pretty clear to everyone that this is where I want to be,” he said.
His commitment seemed validated when first-year UW coach Steve Sarkisian helped lead the Huskies to one of the bigger turnarounds in college football this year, from 0-12 to 5-7, though Montana said he never doubted.
“I kind of knew that was going to happen,” he said, saying his confidence in the program Sarkisian is building was a key factor in his commitment.
CHOW STAYING AT UCLA — That’s what ESPN is reporting, anyway, that offensive coordinator Norm Chow is staying with the Bruins instead of heading crosstown to rejoin the Trojans.
Wonder if hearing Lane Kiffin say last night he intended to call the plays had any impact in that decision?



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