Nick Montana, the son of NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, has committed to play football at Tulane University in New Orleans, the school has announced.
Nick Montana signed a national letter of intent on Friday to play quarterback for the Green Wave. He previously played under center for Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif., where the son of Joe Montana threw for 2,652 yards and 22 touchdowns last season.
Tulane said that Montana enrolled in classes for the spring semester and will participate in spring drills for the Green Wave. Montana has two years of eligibility remaining after originally signing with the University of Washington in 2010. He later transferred to Mount San Antonio, a junior college in California.
"We are very excited about the addition of Nick to our program," Tulane head football coach Curtis Johnson said in a statement. "He was very high on our list for this year's class. Nick is a highly intelligent player who has a very accurate arm and has incredible leadership skills, and he is a proven winner. We will have a young group of quarterbacks next season so we made it a priority to bring in an experienced player at that position. We believe Nick will have an immediate impact on our program."
Montana is the first recruit to sign with Tulane for the 2013 recruiting class.
The Green Wave football team has struggled over the past decade, reaching only one bowl appearance in the last 10 years. Tulane most recent bowl game the 2002 Hawaii Bowl.
In 2012, Tulane compiled a 2-10 record, with its victories coming against Southern Methodist University and the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
Montana was a redshirt freshman at Washington, where he appeared in six games during the 2011 season before transferring.
Montana has a great pedigree -- the 6-foot-3, 215-pound quarterback is the son of former San Francisco 49ers great Joe Montana.
Nick Montana said that it wasn’t just athletics that caused him to sign with Tulane. He also cited the school’s academics in a statement from the university.
Montana said he hoped to reverse the football programs losing ways.
"I was sold on Tulane after my official visit," Montana said, according to the school. "I was very impressed with Coach Johnson and the coaching staff and I really liked the system and the direction the program is heading. I knew Tulane was a great academic school and I look forward to studying for my business degree. I also hope to help lead the team into conference title contention and playing in bowl games. My expectations are very high and I am looking forward to joining the team and getting started this spring."