SANTA CLARA -- The son of the man who helped popularize the West Coast system is trying to learn the language as quickly as possible.
Nate Montana, who is getting a tryout at the 49ers' rookie camp this weekend, never been handed a West Coast system playbook in any of his college stops. So he's cramming to learn as much as he can in a short period of time.
"A lot of concepts are similar to other places, but it's just learning the language," Montana said. "So it take some time and getting used to."
When asked if he heard any of the West Coast terminology from his father, Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, the aspiring quarterback answered, "Every now and then, but he doesn't talk on a consistent basis about it."
Montana and seventh-round draft pick B.J. Daniels of South Florida are the only two quarterbacks attending the rookie camp on the 49ers' practice field. After college stops at Notre Dame, junior college and, yes, Montana, he was a first-time starter last season at West Virginia Wesleyan.
Montana took part in the 49ers' local pro day on April 17. He did not get drafted, but the team offered him an opportunity to try out. His father's No. 16 is retired, but he has been issued No. 6 for the three days of practices.
Montana hopes to impress the 49ers well enough to prompt the 49ers to sign him to a spot on the team's 90-man offseason roster. Montana said he also received an invitation to try out with the Cincinnati Bengals but chose the 49ers.
"I felt like here I had a better opportunity, and it's closer to home, which is a nice plus" Montana said. "I just think the guys out there (Cincinnati) had a lot more experience. It's just something my agent and I talked about."
Colin Kaepernick, Colt McCoy, Scott Tolzien and Daniels are the quarterbacks on the 49ers' roster. Meanwhile, the Bengals' quarterbacks are Andy Dalton, John Skelton, Josh Johnson and Zac Robinson.