Steve Sarkisian has landed his first big named prospect of his head coaching career. No, Nick Montana isn’t related to Hannah Montana. He’s the son of arguably the greatest quarterback to ever play the game, Joe Montana.
Nick had offers from LSU, Standford, Alabama, Georgia as well as his father’s alma mater, Notre Dame. In the end, he chose Washington due to his relationship with Sarkisian.
Nick was the 14th rated quarterback according to Scouts Inc. and has drawn many similarities to the way his old man played the game. He lacks ideal athleticism, and is considered a bit lean even though he’s only 17 years old, but has been commended on his leadership skills and his smart play.
While some would contend that his decision making might be questionable at best after committing to a team that went 0-12 last season, Nick is hoping to turn that record completely upside down, and help return the Washington Huskies to glory.
Nick Montana joined Softy on 950 KJR AM in Seattle to talk about what brought him to Washington and what he sees in the program moving forward.
On why he ended up choosing Washington with all of the other options out there:
“I just felt they had the best opportunity for me with Coach Sark (Sarkisian) and Coach (Nick) Holt, the whole staff he’s put together, energetic and everything. All they did was win and I know that’s what’s going to happen as soon as they can get it turned around, and that’s exactly what they’re going to do. They have a talented team there already that I think is going to surprise a bunch of people and as you can tell Coach Sark and his staff are doing a great job of getting new talent in for 2010 and doing their best with recruiting and it’s paying off.”
Nick was asked about the pressure that’s associated with being Joe Montana’s son and the media constantly asking him about it:
‘It’s hard for me to answer. My parents have done a great job in making sure there is no pressure. If there is pressure, I don’t feel it. I just try and go out and play and have fun. I’m sure he (Joe) gets a little tired of it.”
On who he thinks his game compares most to, and what kind of quarterback he is:
“A lot of people, including Coach Clarkson (high school coach) say I look a lot like my dad on the field, in the huddle and in the game. I feel like my best attribute is my accuracy and that’s what I pride myself on. That’s what my dad tries to help me get better at.”