Addressing the needs: You can’t go wrong with a Montana at quarterback, and Nick is penciled in to be the starter. You can’t get enough good defensive linemen, either, and the Wave signed six of them.
WHERE THEY STAND: While signing lots of local guys on paper looks good, it means nothing if they can’t produce. But this group ranks only 10th in the 2014 Big East lineup, so the staff will need to coach ’em up.
Lagniappe: Everybody knows Nick Montana’s dad, but Nico Marley is the grandson of reggae legend Bob Marley, and Tristan Cooper’s dad, Ron, is a former LSU assistant now on the staff with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. ... Even deep snappers get grades, and ESPN.com said Mike Lizanich is No. 2 in the country. That made him worth a scholarship. … The only time John Curtis sent so many players to one school was when five Patriots signed with Mississippi State in the early 1990s.
Coach johnson says: “This is not a redshirt program. I see 18 to 20 of these players playing in some capacity.”