But in the end, it was a Pac-10 program that got the commitment.
"Nick committed to Washington tonight," Oaks Christian coach Bill Redell said. "I think Nick made a great decision, and I think his family is happy with the decision."
The decision can be traced to the efforts of Washington's head coach. Montana had just taken an unofficial visit to Seattle this past weekend.
"Steve Sarkisian did a great job recruiting him," Redell said. "Getting Nick is great for the future of the Washington program.
"Not only do the Huskies get a great quarterback in Nick. But they get a great family, too."
Montana is the son of NFL legend Joe Montana. As a junior, Montana threw for 2,404 yards and 33 touchdowns.
"In Nick, the Huskies get a quarterback with outstanding leadership skills," Redell said. "He is very poised, nothing rattles him. He is extremely calm under fire."
Montana earned newcomer of the year, first-team all-CIF, first-team all-county, first-team all-state and first-team all-league after completing 55 percent of his passes as a junior. He can make plays with his feet and had three rushing touchdowns to his credit.
Landing Montana is a good beginning for the Sarkisian era of Husky football.
Montana is the ninth known commitment for the Huskies and the most decorated player in their class. UDub also has a pledge from four-star defensive tackle Sione Potoae, but recently the 6-foot-3, 285-pounder has been looking at other schools.