DVC’s Wright headed to Illinois State

More recruiting news coming from Diablo Valley College. Safety Paul Wright, a 2006 De La Salle graduate, is headed to Illinois State. DVC coach Mike Darr said Wright (6-foot, 198-pounds)  told him of his decision on Tuesday.

To make the jump to the college level as a safety, it seems like DVC is the place to be these days. All-Golden Gate Conference safety Jeremy Gibson signed with Idaho State after the 2007 season and 2006 DVC standout James Francis is now in the Canadian Football League. Wright will be reunited with fellow former Spartan and Viking Chris Garrett, who plays cornerback at Illinois State. The Redbirds play in the Missouri Valley Football Conference and are a Football Championship Subdivision (the artist formerly known as Division I-AA) school.


De La Salle Football: Montana headed to SoCal?

Eric Sondheimer reported Tuesday morning on the LA Times’ “Varsity Times” blog that De La Salle junior quarterback Nick Montana, the son of Hall of Fame QB Joe Montana, picked up enrollment papers at Newbury Park High School on Monday.

The post goes on to say that a final decision has not been made on a potential move, but that the Montana Family was looking at houses in Ventura County. According to the report, the 6-foot-2 quarterback often trains in the L.A. area with private quarterback coach Steve Clarkson.

Montana, who has been the DLS starter at the freshman and JV levels each of the past two seasons, is behind senior Blake Wayne on the Spartans’ current depth chart. However, the two of them have been sharing reps in 7-on-7 summer passing league games. It’s unclear whether De La Salle coach Bob Ladouceur intends to use a two-QB system during the regular season, but it’s certainly something he’s made work before.

As a junior in 2007, Wayne — a traditional veer offense quarterback — successfully split time with the more pro-style passing senior, Mike MacGillivray. The different look each quarterback gave the Spartans’ offense gave opposing defenses fits when it came to scheming against the De La Salle attack. Montana’s older brother, Nate, was the third string quarterback on the 2007 team, but was playing in his first season with the Spartans and did not have the knowledge of the veer offense that Nick has after two years in the system. Nate made out just fine, however, gaining preferred walk-on status at his dad’s alma mater, Notre Dame.

To read all of Sondheimer’s post, click here.