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.