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Tulane University has jumped the start on National Signing Day by announcing that Nick Montana will be playing for the Green Wave starting in the 2013 season.

Montana, a rising junior, comes to Tulane via Washington and San Antonio. He played six games as a redshirt-freshman at the University of Washington, then transferred to Mount San Antonio Community College for 2012. At Mount SAC, he racked up plenty of junior college awards as he led the team to a division title. He's also the son of Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, a fact of which he's likely reminded daily.

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Montana was highly heralded coming out of high school in Los Angeles; he went 27-1 as a starter for Oaks Christian. But he could never get too far off the bench in Washington, redshirting one year and scrambling for playing time the second. The move to Mount San Antonio paid off for both player and team, as he led the team to an 11-1 record.

At Tulane, Montana will compete for the starting job. He has two years of eligibility remaining. Question is, will both those years come at Tulane? Montana's brother Nate has an even more scattered playing history, as he played everywhere from California junior college to Division II West Virginia Wesleyan to Notre Dame. Nate Montana will be eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft.

Tulane is in its final year as a member of Conference USA before a projected move to the Big East starting in the 2014 season.

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