Junior college quarterback Nick Montana (Walnut, Calif./Mount San Antonio College) took an official visit to Tulane this past weekend and decided that he'd seen enough to make a commitment.
Montana, the son of Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, left Washington this past January and enrolled at Mt. San Antonio, where he passed for 2,652 yards and 22 touchdowns this season. He wasn't as highly recruited coming out of the junior college ranks, but found a fit in Tulane, said Mt. San Antonio head coach Bob Jastrab.
"They showed a lot of interest in him and he knew if he liked a place, he was going to make a decision," Jastrab said. "He's excited about where they play (New Orleans) because he's a big Drew Brees fan. His family is happy he's going there."
Montana also held offers from Akron and Western Kentucky, and several other programs were showing interest, but Jastrab said Montana was looking forward to making a decision.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound quarterback is no stranger to the recruiting process coming out of Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian in the 2010 recruiting cycle.
Washington eventually won a tough recruiting battle as Montana selected the Huskies over offers from Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Stanford, among others.
"He's been through the recruiting process before, and with him being a mid-year guy, he didn't want to go through all the grind like he did coming out of high school," Jastrab said.
Montana is commitment No. 21 for Tulane's 2013 recruiting class. He is the third quarterback to verbally commit, though he is the only junior college signal-caller. Montana will have two years to play for the Green Wave.
"Tulane seemed like the best fit," said Mt. San Antonio QB coach Daniel Al-Gattas. "As a football player, their offense is coming from the Saints. It's something we've drawn a little inspiration from in our play calls, which are rooted in the West Coast offense. That felt familiar to him, and obviously the West Coast offense feels familiar to his father."