Oaks Christian adds Joe Montana’s son to roster

Add another famous-named offspring to the Oaks Christian football roster.

Nicholas Montana, a 6-foot-2 junior who is the son of NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, has enrolled at the private Westlake Village school.

Montana, the starting junior varsity quarterback at Concord De La Salle last season, filed his admission papers for Oaks Christian online last week.

His admission was approved on Monday after going through an on-campus interview and having his transcripts reviewed, according to Oaks Christian football coach Bill Redell.

“The admission office called and asked, Do you know a Joe Montana? I said, Yeah I’ve heard of the guy,’ ” Redell said. “They told me his son had applied here. I said, Gosh, that’s a surprise.’ They took a tour of the school two years ago, but that was the last time I had seen them until yesterday.”

Montana, who visited Newbury Park High last week, adds his name to a long list of transfer quarterbacks streaming into Oaks Christian.

He is the fourth quarterback to transfer to the Lions, creating a backlog at the backup position.

St. Bonaventure transfer Tony Macarena was recently named the Oaks Christian starter after emerging from a six-way battle.

Redell said he expects the flow to reverse and for a few players to transfer out of Oaks Christian because of playing time issues. Anthony Vitto already left the program last week.

“We told (Montana) he had to come in and compete,” Redell said. “We play the best guy. That is the way it has always been here at every position.”

Chace Bryson, a reporter at the Contra Costa Times in Northern California, contacted Montana on Tuesday afternoon. The quarterback told Bryson his main reasons for transferring were to play in a more pass-oriented offense at Oaks Christian and be closer to his Southern California-based quarterbacks coach Steve Clarkson.

“He said De La Salle was a great school and he enjoyed everything, but it just wasn’t the right fit for him,” Bryson said.

Redell said the family had been looking for houses in the Thousand Oaks/Westlake area.

Having the children of superstars on the team is nothing new for Oaks Christian.

In fact, Montana will be competing at quarterback with Trevor Gretzky, the son of hockey great Wayne Gretzky.

“And they will be throwing to Will Smith’s kid Trey,” said Redell, referring to the actor “Newsweek” labeled the most powerful on the planet.

“What I have found is when you are coaching kids with famous parents, they are humble and the families are very cooperative,” Redell said.

“They understand the game and they understand decisions have to be made. I’ve never had a problem.”

Tom Lemming said Oaks Christian is getting much more than just a famous name in Montana.

“By this time next year, he is going to be one of the more recruited quarterbacks in the state of California,” said Lemming, a recruiting analyst for CBSSports. “He does everything well. His delivery is good, he has a quick release and he has good skills.”

Although Redell doesn’t expect any more well-connected roster additions this week, he joked a few more could be around the corner.

“Well, Michael Jordan said his son’s coming and Babe Ruth’s great, great grandson is supposed to enroll,” Redell said. “I’m only kidding.”

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