QB Nick Montana says that UGA is “up there” among college choices

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There was NFL royalty at Georgia on Saturday.

Joe Montana, the three-time Super Bowl MVP, accompanied his son, Nick Montana, on a recruiting trip to UGA. Nick is one of the nation’s top quarterback prospects and has a dozen offers, including Georgia.

Everywhere the Montanas went in Athens, Ga., the NFL Hall of Famer was recognized. “That’s the way it always is. People notice my dad. That was nice. I love my dad. He’s my role model and inspiration.”

Nick and his parents were given the royal treatment at Georgia. Said Nick, “My interest is growing with each trip I take to college campuses. Every time I visit a school, I get to compare it with other schools I’ve visited. I’m not ready to talk about early favorites and anything like that, but Georgia will be up there.”

Montana said he and his legendary father met with Georgia coach Mark Richt for around 30 minutes. “We learned a lot about [Richt] and the spiritual development, how he develops the players in the football program to be better men. That made a huge impression on me and my parents.”

What was Montana’s biggest surprise about Georgia? It was nothing like he perceived to be. “I was expecting Georgia to be out in the middle of nowhere, like the boonies. But there was actually a lot of stuff to do in the city. The town was lively. Another important thing were the people. I love the people. Everybody is kind, everybody is nice. They all want you to sign with Georgia.”

What was Georgia’s recruiting sales pitch to Nick and Joe? “Georgia takes care of its players, including me if I was to go there, and pretty much that we’re going to win. Another thing is that with the offensive system we run at my high school, it has a lot in common with Georgia. I think it would be a pretty smooth transition, if it were to happen [signing with Georgia].”

The younger Montana made it very clear that he does not have any favorites. “But there is a very good chance that I plan to visit Georgia again, probably in the summer.”

Montana said he and his dad talked Georgia on the drive back to Atlanta airport. “We liked Georgia. It was another place that really impressed us. We’re glad we made the visit. It was an awesome experience. I definitely have genuine interest in Georgia.”

He has a dozen scholarship offers, including South Carolina, Stanford, LSU, Ohio State, Florida State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Georgia, Maryland, Alabama, and Arizona. He also has serious interest from Tennessee, Southern Cal, and Oklahoma, among others.

78 comments Add your comment

jp

March 29th, 2009
12:58 am

is Richt just doing his due diligence? We already have 3 on campus and are in the running for sims from virginia.

'ol sport

March 29th, 2009
1:41 am

JP
You can never recruit enough players at any position as long as they warrant the attention and the space is available. While today we have plenty at the QB position, that could change during Spring, or the summer, or next year with injury or transfer. You obviously don’t keep up with everything, because you said we have three on campus. We have four who all stand a chance of playing – Cox, Gray, Murray and Mettenberger. There is another yourg man whose name escapes me. Cox will be gone after this coming season. Hopefully, we get a good one in the 2010 signing class. We certainly have offered some good ones.

I am enjoying the way we are going after kids from all over, and most are interested when we talk and offer. To me, that is a sign that our national exposure is growing. Just the Montana name would add to that, but I know signing day is a long way off.

Cuz

March 29th, 2009
1:54 am

Heck the kid could be the real deal. He needs to eat a lot of chesseburgers and fries and lift a lot of weights before he hits the SEC. He is part of the 2010 class and by then, you need to start looking at the QB position again. Redshirt him and he is two years behind (insert name of freshman quarteback). Or if he comes to school early and is the second coming of his father, then he plays.

Somewhere in a football stadium far far away. Third and long, the kid goes to the huddle and in the hush he hears a deep voice saying, “Nick, I am your father”.
“Yeah, Dad I got it. All right guys. Blue 37 on 3.”

Dr. Warren

March 29th, 2009
2:00 am

He’ll go to Stanford.

H.T.

March 29th, 2009
6:50 am

I don’t see him coming to Georgia because of all the QB’s we have already. I think he will want to go somewhere he can play after a year or two of waiting. He will have to wait until he is a senior or a redshirt junior if he comes to Georgia. Our QB’s just get in line and wait their turn and I don’t see him doing that. He wants to get to the NFL and the fewer years you have in college the harder the transition is.

LucyintheSkye

March 29th, 2009
7:11 am

I don’t think he will pick UGA but I think he is a lock for a SEC school.

mreastside73

March 29th, 2009
7:39 am

I think when Big Joe said it 3asnt what he expected and he thought it was out in the boonies he reallly meant sum n else.

beanuga

March 29th, 2009
7:56 am

Montana could choose UGA. It seems to me it takes a few years for a QB to learn the offense. He has a similar offense at his high school so he could catch on alot quicker than others. If I was him I would want the team that would have me a offensive line to play behind. We see what Stafford had to play behind, a bunch of sophomores and freshmen OL.

Jim

March 29th, 2009
8:00 am

He probably will not come here but so what. A great prospect and his legendary father think enough of the UGA program to give it a look. Says alot about Richt and Ga. to me. Go DAWGS, no matter who comes or does not come to Athens. And good on Nick Montana wherever he goes as long as it is not Tn., S.C., or any other SEC school other than UGA.

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john

March 29th, 2009
8:42 am

He’s loves Tennessee and his waiting on the Vols to offer. So far, TN nor USC has offered. Despite the name, he doesn’t appear to be that highly rated, but has said he wants to play in the SEC. If the Vols offer, he’s going to TN; if not, who knows.

JustMyOpinion

March 29th, 2009
8:47 am

Would UGA or Mark Richt be recruiting this kid if his name was Nick Jackson? Just a thought…. hmmmmmmmmmmmm

Winder Dawg

March 29th, 2009
8:54 am

What a LOAD! Montana has been wanting to get a offer from the Vols and is using Mark Rickt as bait. He dont wont to play at Georiga. He wants to play at UT. Plus I herd he aint that good. I am a proude gradiate of UGA and I aint standng for none of this nonsince.

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Cocklover

March 29th, 2009
8:57 am

He’s coming to USC,the real USC. Once he visits Columbia and sees our football tradition, he’s a lock! SOS only needs one good player to finish the puzzle and Cock dominance in the SEC will prevail!
Take heed UGAG, heartbreak is coming to a stadium near you. If you don’t beleive me, simply look back at two years ago when we soiled you chances at a Nat’l championship! Montana to Columbia…Disappointment to Athens!

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Bob K in NC

March 29th, 2009
9:50 am

You did not mention how he liked the Business School? This is a major factor in his recruitment.

Robert

March 29th, 2009
9:58 am

Can never have too many good QB’s. Remember back when FSU was always in the top 5? They always had a high school All-American QB waiting his turn (usually their jr year). As for Nick Montana, he’s going to need to redshirt a year and put on some weight to play college ball.

Gamecocklover

March 29th, 2009
10:31 am

This kid is USC bound, just wait and see! With SOS at the helm you are gonna see destruction of the SEC East powers that be. He’s the final fit to the puzzle that we’ve needed for some time now. No more punks, no more excuses, you buttsniffers are going down, just like two years ago when we singlehandedly kept you out of the Nat’l Champ picture!!!

WILLSTER

March 29th, 2009
11:04 am

WHERE DID HIS FATHER GO? NOTRE DAME ENOUGH SAID, SOME DUMMY, AT UGA NEEDS TO LEARN TO WRITE EASY SCHEDULES, LIKE FLORIDA, SO IT CAN WIN THEM ALL AND TAKE THE ONE SHOT AAAAAT THE NC. WHO EVER HAS WRITTEN UGA,S LAST 2 SCHEDULES, COUNTING THIS YEAR NEEDS TO BE FIRED.

dawgfan1911

March 29th, 2009
11:21 am

The QB job is Cox’s this year, if injury Logan Gray, It’s Murray’s for 2 years and Mettenburg for one year so the position is locked for 4 years, However we need to continue to recruit qb because remember when Tereshinski was our starting qb, he was awful! Qb will never be a position that will be touogh for Georgia to recruit because of the system we run. Man we need some Defensive Ends that can rush the passer. I think that our weakest position to recruit.

Dave Dawg

March 29th, 2009
11:32 am

Nice try “Winder Dog” – or should I say UT Vol fan.

As a real graduate of UGA, all I can say is that we would truly support Montana and his growth as pro-style quarterback, all the while providing a great college experience and a quality education. (Simply Google SEC SAT scores to see how UGA compares to UT.)

John Quest

March 29th, 2009
12:13 pm

His younger brother will be the better QB. Wait for him.

Jack Schitt

March 29th, 2009
12:48 pm

If his last name was Smith there would not even be an article. Go check his stats and you will see why no top school has offered. He is riding the famous last name and thats about it. I predict a schitty season for the Dogs and I should know!

The Career Teacher

March 29th, 2009
1:03 pm

Montana? Nah.

How about if we talk OLASO* into having a son? (*OLASO=”Our Lord And Savior Obama”) Since He is perfect and can solve all of our problems, why not have HIM create a perfect QB for us?

Or maybe Mike Vick can procreate a son? The offspring of Vick would fit right in with the black gansta jerseys and off season arrests of UGA playas.

Cuz

March 29th, 2009
1:37 pm

Looks like the idiot parade is coming down Lumpkin.

socaldawgie

March 29th, 2009
1:49 pm

Willster, you are sir, are an idiot.
To say Florida’s schedule is soft is just plain ridiculous. Georgia has lost very, very few of its non-conference games in the Richt era. The conference games are determined by the league and are out of UGA’s hands. Its the conference games that Georgia has to win if its going to have a shot at a MNC. Scheduling has really very little to do with it.

shane#1

March 29th, 2009
1:52 pm

CMR has put UGA on the National stage. Recruits like Nick Montana prove that point. I must say that the incoming class of recruits is possibly the best in My memory at UGA. Not just in athletic ability, but in their character. Murray is not just a star QB, but a commited Christian who tutors Special Ed students in his spare time, and makes straight As. Orson charles is also known as a high character individual, and also the young man that may be Validictorian of his class. I don’t know how long Richt will remain at UGA, but he has certainly built a program.

bank walker

March 29th, 2009
1:55 pm

Cocklover, you have a very interesting name, LOL!

Halsey

March 29th, 2009
2:16 pm

Richt has turned UGA into a premium destination for high school QB prospects. He’s competing for guys all over the country now.

Ted Striker

March 29th, 2009
2:25 pm

Career Teacher — Got a lil’ racism in ya?

rick ross

March 29th, 2009
3:17 pm

He is going to ohio state……

Iceman

March 29th, 2009
3:56 pm

“Once he visits Columbia and sees our football tradition”…..

Columbia..football tradition…does not compute.

The General Feeling

March 29th, 2009
4:19 pm

Other than Shockley’s one year, UGA is a QB graveyard. Stafford, Greene, Cox, et al all lost skill after arriving and learning under Richt and Bobo. Tereshinski? Yep.

Davis

March 29th, 2009
5:08 pm

“We learned a lot about [Richt] and the spiritual development, how he develops the players in the football program to be better men.

Better men? Double digit offseason arrests each year. What a joke.

Then again, kinda sounds like Bowden at FSU. Boys will be boys, right?

Michael Carvell

March 29th, 2009
5:46 pm

Nick Montana is a seasoned veteran when it comes to recruiting, and says all the right things. He doesn’t really give any hints, other that when he finds “the right one” that his recruiting will be OVER. Which school is the right one? Out of his current offers, Notre Dame of course is looking good with the family connections. We will get a much clearer picture when Southern Cal (hometown school) and Tennessee (Clausen is his HS QB coach) determine whether or not to offer Nick. What about UGA? Mr. three-time Super Bowl MVP and his son were surprised by the visit to Athens. It went much better than expected. This is how Mark Richt hooked TE recruit Arthur Lynch of Dartmouth, Mass., last year, on an impromptu visit to UGA. Stay tuned.

59bulldawg

March 29th, 2009
5:51 pm

Davis,
I believe Richt does try to instill spiritual values in the football program at Georgia. However, in the end it’s up to the individual to make the right decision. No Georgia fan takes pride in the off-season problems of the program but it’s silly to blame Richt because some players, for whatever reason, make bad decisions. He’s their coach – not their conscience! If Richt never disciplined his players then you might have a legitimate beef. However I can’t decide which you dislike more – Coach Richt or his Christian beliefs. Either way I think your comments are way off base.

Iceman

March 29th, 2009
6:02 pm

Greene lost skill under Richt? Thanks man, I needed a good laugh.

SCTally!

March 29th, 2009
6:13 pm

Anyone with a good sense of humor knows that Nick Montana will go to The School of COOTS. Head Coach Steve Superior and his national reputation will get young Mr. Montana. After all SOS has won 13 games in his last two seasons in the beautiful State Farmers Market Football Stadium in Colon, S.C. This great school in their 111 years of athletic mediocrity have won one ACC football Championship and one ACC Basketball Championship. WOW! That is mediocrity taken to an art form by the COOTS. Talk about as great program! Yes, Mr. Montana would love the opportunity to sign with the COOTS in the year that SOS retires.

The University of South Carolina has become the SEC’s choice for a Homecoming Opponent.

Joe

March 29th, 2009
6:28 pm

My inside source told me he gave a silent verbal.

Cuz

March 29th, 2009
6:58 pm

When Damon Evans called me today to ask my opinion about his preference for B-ball coach, we talked about Nick. I told Damon that Nick may have better genes than Levi Strauss but his quarteback coach is “one-arm” Casey Claussen. We both laughed and he said he had some calls to make.

Casey Claussen quaterback coach = Terrell Owens sensitivity trainer.

Davis

March 29th, 2009
7:46 pm

Bulldawg59,

I don’t dislike Richt or his faith. I’ve met Coach Richt at several FCA events. Very personable guy. My fear is that his program will soon mirror what we see out of Tallahassee. “Better men” usually make decisions that will not land them in the ACC jail. Instilling strong Christian beliefs should also reduce the risk of poor decisions that impact themselves and their teammates who do not make the same bad decisions. There have been higher profile players that have been given a free pass because of their celebrity status on campus.

You are entitled to your opinion. But as a Christian, I’m sure that you are not judging me…

dan

March 29th, 2009
8:15 pm

I like what Mark Richt it trying to do this offseason. He’s going back in time to 2001 and placing the emphasis back on character development/conditioning. 2007 was misleading. UGA has slowly gotten away from what brought it success in 2002-2005. Character development is certainly not just a Christian value, but Coach Richt’s emphasis on developing the entire person was certainly successful in the past and will be again. I felt the last 3 seasons looked a little too much like some of those Jim Donnan teams in the late 90’s, in that the team had NFL caliber talent in certain positions, but there was not a lot of focus on team, player development, or accountability. Talent is certainly important, but as an intentity in and of itself it does not gurantee success. Coach Richt has made no apologies about his Christian faith, but he is open minded enough to allow players their own religious beliefs. Former UGA running back Musa Smith is an Islam practioner. He was not a Mark Richt recruit, but he was very successful his last season in Athens rushing for 1,000 yards. So again, I’m glad Coach Richt is going back to the drawing board and recruiting guys that have character and want to be at UGA for more than 3 years.

Matthew

March 29th, 2009
8:57 pm

When Richt was at Florida St you did not start until you were a junior or a senior they always were deep at the position and you had to wait to get your start. Richt is building this program just like Florida St in the 90’s.

SugarHillDawg

March 29th, 2009
8:57 pm

I sure hope Tech doesn’t make a run at him. We won’t have a chance after he sees what the NERDS have to offer!

'ol sport

March 29th, 2009
9:01 pm

Hey Cocklover,

You are as disillusioned as some of these Tech fans. How about telling me when the last time was that USCe won the SEC in football. Oh, let me tell you – never. Dream on……….

Phill

March 29th, 2009
9:23 pm

You SEC fans are such elitists

59bulldawg

March 29th, 2009
9:26 pm

Davis,

What exactly has happened recently that makes you fearful that we’ll soon be Florida State North? I agree that “better men” make “better decisions” but are you faulting Richt for trying to instill certain values or are you faulting him for not bringing young men of higher character to Athens? If the latter I think Richt should be applauded for cutting loose Dexter Moody. But even the so-called “better men” you describe sometimes get into trouble. So really there’s no guarantee. I also agree that instilling spiritual values should lessen the risk of bad behavior. But again there’s no guarantee. After all, you can lead a Dawg to water but you can’t make him drink.

As for judging it seems you only want to apply that principle to others and not yourself. Perhaps you would see things more clearly if, instead of pointing out the speck in the eyes of others, you removed the log from your own.

BS Patrol

March 29th, 2009
9:40 pm

Nick Montana has put UGA on the national map! I mean now they are NATIONWIDE!! Christians too!!! Wait! Time out! I have to blow chunks!