Tonight at Westlake (Calif.) Oaks Christian high school junior Nick Montana (6-3, 186, 4.6) son of legendary signal caller Joe Montana, will line up under center for the Lions for the long anticipated matchup between Oaks Christian and Gardena (Calif.) Serra under a Southern California full moon.
When Rivals.com first saw Montana, he had just arrived from Northern California and was on his third day learning the offense. Still he hit the right guys, on time, reminding those in attendance of his famous dad.
Since that seven on seven, Montana has proven he can get the job done in real time, in real games as he has led the Lions to a perfect 13-0 record and a chance for a championship, if they knock off a team in Serra with an equally unblemished record of 13-0.
Montana has completed 119 passes out of 220 attempts (54.1) for 2,170 yards, and 30 touchdowns while throwing only seven interceptions. His junior season performance has seen Montana already garner three offers from Arizona, Stanford and LSU.
Other schools that are interested in Montana are UCLA, USC, Cal, Ohio State and Notre Dame. USC's Pete Carroll took in a practice this week and the word is UCLA's offensive coordinator, Norm Chow will be one of many coaches on hand this evening.
"Nick is very smart and is a very intelligent football player," Oaks Christian head coach Bill Redell said. "He can run and buy time and has very accurate arm with great touch."
"The only negative I can think of is he needs to get the ball out a little quicker, but that will come in time with experience," Redell said. "I have sent at least nine quarterbacks to the D-I level in my 20-plus years of coaching and Nick rates with the best of them."
"Nick has great character and is an ideal kid for my program and any D-I program," Redell said. "He also has very supportive parents."
Montana will obviously be one of California's most sought after quarterbacks for the class of 2010. He currently carries a 3.5 GPA.
Definitely one to watch tonight (Dec.12) if you're in the area and one to jot down for next recruiting system.