April 21, 2009
Will Montana visit?
The Ohio State recruiting effort is looking to bring in many of its top targets to Columbus this upcoming weekend for the annual Spring Game but it appears unlikely that Westlake Village (Calif.) quarterback Nick Montana will make it out to Ohio Stadium.
There always is a chance that things can change but Montana told BuckeyeGrove.com on Tuesday night that it is doubtful he will be in attendance. But does that mean that there should be tense and nervous moments amongst the fan base?
"You can tell the Ohio State fans that they are fine and there is nothing to worry about," Montana joked.
All joking aside things have slowed down a little bit for the four star quarterback prospect and it gave Montana a chance to survey his situation.
"Last week was a slow week for me because I was in Hawaii with my family so I wasn't really on my email or talking to coaches or anything," Montana said. "I pretty much left my phone up in my room."
After leaving the Aloha State the Montana family hopped a plain and headed east to take in some football action and check in with a family member.
"This past weekend we flew into South Bend (Ind.) with my whole family," Montana said. "We pretty much talked to Coach (Charlie) Weis and Coach Paulus and I watched the spring game and hung out with my brother. We got to see what the kids on the team were like after, it was fun."
Did this trip to Notre Dame offer anything different than what Montana seen before or solidify what Montana already knew?
"I have been there a numerous amount of times so I knew what to expect going in," Montana said. "It was a little different just from a recruiting standpoint because I haven't been there for football. I have talked to coach Weis before but not the way we talked this time but (Notre Dame) was exactly how I remembered it."
The 6-foot-2, 177-pounder already has more than a dozen offers and his list contains pretty much a who's-who of college football. Are things getting more difficult as more schools enter the picture?
"I think it is getting a lot easier now," Montana said. "I think there are some rumors that I am waiting on some schools like Tennessee or USC or something like that but I think it is starting to get a little too late for those schools. There are about three of four schools that I have my sights on and I am starting to focus on now. It has actually gotten a little easier now that I have been able to get around the country and take a good look at what is out there."
The big question around Columbus (Ohio) is who made the list and more importantly if the Buckeyes will make the short list of schools.
"I don't want to say right now but there are still a couple of other iffy ones too so I will probably come out with a top five or seven in a couple of weeks," Montana said. "I will let everyone know then but Ohio State is right there."
But if Montana doesn't make the spring game wouldn't that put the Buckeyes in a disadvantage?
"I think I will be back there anyways just getting back there and getting around the guys again to see and make sure that I fit in and like the guys on the team if I don't get back there for the spring game," Montana said.
Montana has maintained that he would like to get his decision over with soon and while it might not be done by May there is little doubt in Montana's mind that his open recruitment will not drag on into the fall.
"I would love to be done by the end of June and I really don't think it is going to go any further than July," Montana said. "I am almost certain that I will have it done then or before."
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