AbsolutePigskin.com has learned that Nick Montana, once thought to be extremely interested in the Buckeyes, will ultimately not end up committing to the Buckeyes. This is a disappointment for the Buckeyes but it is not totally unexpected. Montana ultimately would prove to be a depth guy on the team and would at best be a third string quarterback upon his arrival on campus. With Ohio State having two quarterbacks with two years of eligibility left upon Montana's arrival on campus it is possible that Montana would have to at least wait for two years before getting a shot at playing time.
Montana is a polished passer with good fundamentals which is to be expected from the son of a former NFL great. However Montana is pretty mobile and could have managed to run the offense system it seems the Buckeyes are starting to aim towards that relies on more mobile quarterbacks. Another factor that can be added to the mix here is there is no doubt that Ohio State will be targeting current junior quarterback Braxton Miller out of Huber Heights, OH. The 6-2, 185lbs junior could very well be the top player in the state of Ohio in the class of 2011 and will be one of the top quarterbacks in the mid-west next year as a senior. Looking at tape of Miller there is little doubt that he will be the "next big thing" at quarterback and for the Buckeyes would be an excellent fit once current starter Terrelle Pryor heads to the NFL or graduates.
Ultimately this might prove to be the best decision for Montana to go elsewhere than Columbus. There is no doubt he is a talented quarterback but his talent set does not necessarily translate to the type of offense the Buckeyes are looking to stick with and he certainly would have a ton of competition for playing time if he were a Buckeye. No matter where Montana ultimately goes, (he very well could end up at Notre Dame to follow in Dad's footsteps) I wish him the best of luck in his college football career. In the right offense he will be a solid college quarterback.
04-16-2009 2:02 PM