June 11, 2009 // Notre Dame Football

Montana Doesn’t Continue Family Tradition

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Nick Montana won’t continue the family tradition of playing quarterback for Notre Dame.  The Oaks Christian signal caller committed to Washington and new head coach Steve Sarkisian according to the Seattle Times.  Montana, one of the top targets on the board for Notre Dame at quarterback, picked the Washington over traditional power houses like Notre Dame, LSU, Ohio State, and Alabama.

“He’s an awesome coach,” Nick Montana said. “You just have to look at all the guys he’s put into the pros.”

“He [Sarkisian] is going to get the place turned around,” Montana said.

Montana said his father had no complaints that his son wouldn’t follow his South Bend footsteps, saying “he’s pumped up as well.”

With Montana off the board, look for Notre Dame to put the full court press on Andrew Hendrix who visited Notre Dame this week.   Hendrix won’t bring the fanfare with him that Montana would have, but some believe that Hendrix has more upside than Montana.  In fact, Brian Smith recently wrote on the Irish Sports Daily blog that Hendrix sits atop his priority list of remaining recruits.

Yes, I believe Hendrix to be a better player than Montana, not that Montana is a slouch by any stretch of the imagination. If not Hendrix, then Montana goes into this slot. Notre Dame needs a big-time signal caller for this class.

While it would have definitely be great to have another Montana line up under center for the Irish, Weis and staff will have to move on and focus on landing a top notch quarterback like Hendrix for this class after not signing a quarterback last year.

Another name to look out for is Luke Massa.  Massa visited for the Blue/Gold game and is a teammate of offensive tackle recruit Matt James.  Massa does not yet have an offer from the Irish, but with prospects like Montana, Jake Heaps, and Austin Hinder off the board for the Irish, Notre Dame might have to widen its search for a quarterback for this class.


Comments to this Article

  • IrishFan commented on June 11th, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Queer…We can get Jimmy Hendrix’s kid…lol

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  • jason_h537 commented on June 11th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Oh well best of luck to him. Hopefully we keep the family tradition going with Anthony Barr. That kid is a STUD

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  • C-Dog commented on June 15th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    All the best for Nick Montana. No one should be upset. Neither Nick, Joe his dad, nor the Notre Dame staff should look back.
    Good coaching causes creme to rise to the top. No one knew who Joe Montana was when he came to ND. He was 3rd string until injuries. These kids are over developed and over analyzed. I’d like to see an underdeveloped, under the radar great athlete with great character. Weis can mold that into your winner.

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  • Ryno commented on June 24th, 2009 at 1:54 am

    Hendrix looks like a lock to commit to ND any day now. Andrew probably has more talent than Montana. That will all play out in four years but it still sucks to lose a legacy.

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