Guess this issue will come up over and over again, especially with a quarterback who isn't all that big, and has the billing as a precision passer.
One high school coach who faced Oaks Christian (Calif.) quarterback Nick Montana, who gave an oral commitment to the University of Washington on Tuesday, during the 2008 season said the teenager has legitimate arm strength.
Tony Henney, the coach at Nordhoff High who plays in the same Mid-Valley League as Oaks Christian, said the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Montana opened the game with a 71-yard touchdown pass.
"A good 55 of it was in the air," Henney said. "That opened our eyes, and our kids' eyes. Our free safety, who was playing center field, didn't think he could throw it that far."
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Equally impressive later in the game, Montana, a right-handed quarterback, rolled to his left on a play-action pass, and threw a 15-yard completion against his body "on a rope."
"Guys who can make that throw can play at the next level," Henney said.
Oaks Christian won the game, 62-8.
Henney is the first to admit that Oaks Christian doesn't get a whole lot of good competition in the league it plays in.
"I think he has to prove it at a higher level," Henney said. "To be honest, I came away very impressed. He's very composed. He's faster than I thought, had a better arm than I thought. You won't know how good he is until he gets to Washington."