If there is one position that you can count on California for it is quarterback. Once again the Golden State will have its fair share of signal callers headed to the D-I level. One of the fastest rising is Nick Montana (6-3, 186, 4.6) from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian.
Montana has improved immensely since he first arrived on the scene and he was good then. The good news about Montana is he will only get better because he still has untapped potential.
On the recruiting front, Montana has seven offers on the table. The most recent offer came from Florida State. The Seminoles have joined Maryland, Ohio State, LSU, South Carolina, Arizona and Stanford in pursuit of Montana's services.
UCLA, Cal, Oregon and a host of other schools are showing interest in Montana. He was a guest at the UCLA/USC game last fall. He is currently on an unofficial visit to Ohio State and is scheduled to visit Texas Tuesday and Wednesday.
Oaks Christian coach Bill Redell gives his quarterback praise for the intangibles that Montana brings to the position.
"Nick has outstanding leadership skills," Redell said. "He is very poised, nothing rattles him. He is extremely calm under fire.'
"Nick is really sharp, makes good decisions and protects the very well," Redell said. "He only had seven interceptions out 241 attempts and some of them weren't even his fault."
"When Nick is in the game, all of the kids have confidence in him and that we are going to win the game," Redell said. "He's only going to get better with year under his belt in our system."
Montana earned Newcomer of the Year, first-team all-CIF, first-team all-county, first-team all-state, and first-team all-league after throwing for 2,404 yards, 33 touchdowns, against only seven interceptions while hitting on 55.2 percent of his passes. He can make plays with his feet and had three rushing touchdowns to his credit.