Nick Montana said tonight that his decision to leave UW was as straight-forward as it seems on paper — he simply wants to find another place he can play as quickly as possible.
“I’ve got three years (of college eligibility) left and I want to spend those on the field,” he said. “I don’t want to want another year. You only get one shot at playing college football so I just kind of made the best decision for me and I’m going with it.”
While rumors have circulated for a while that Montana might transfer or was thinking of transferring or would eventually transfer, he said the idea didn’t really creep into his mind until after the Alamo Bowl.
“After the bowl game I really started giving it some thought and I just needed to make a decision, a quick one, and that’s what it came up with,” he said.
Montana said he was still uncertain enough about it, however, that he had enrolled for the winter quarter at UW and had come back to Seattle.
“I came back for a week of classes and made the decision to move,” he said.
Montana confirmed other reports that his plan is to attend a junior college next season to get experience — he would have to sit out if he transferred to an FBS school so by going to a JC he can get on the field — and then find another four-year school at which to play.
Among those mentioned is Blinn College in Texas and El Camino in California (interestingly enough, where UW coach Steve Sarkisian played before transferring to BYU).
Montana, though, said he hasn’t made a decision on which one. “There’s a few JCs I’m looking at so I can get on the field right away and go from there,” he said.
Montana said he told Sarkisian a couple days ago of his plan.
“I just told him straight up,” he said. “He understood. He told me about how he transferred (from USC to El Camino and then to BYU) and how his career kind of went. So he was totally understanding and supported me in that and let me know if I need anything to just let me know. He was really supportive about the whole thing and that just made it that much easier for me. Obviously it’s not an easy decision, but having him handle it the way he did made it a lot better for me.”