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Manogue’s Scolari signs with Nevada

Published: Dec. 17, 2020 at 5:32 PM PST
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Drew Scolari has always known where he wanted to play college football.

“Ever since growing up, and going to Nevada football games, it’s been a dream of mine to play football in college - specifically at the University of Nevada,” Scolari said. “I’m super excited that that dream is finally coming true.”

The decision generations in the making did not make putting pen to paper and officially signing with the Wolf Pack any less special for Bishop Manogue’s senior quarterback.

“It means the world to me,” Scolari said of the signing. “It’s pretty surreal to sign with the school that means so much to me and my family. Obviously to know what my grandpa did at the school - it’s special to know I’ll be part of that tradition.”

Not only is Scolari the first local prep talent to sign with Nevada under Head Coach Jay Norvell, but it means Scolari will step foot on the field named after his grandfather: legendary Wolf Pack head coach, Chris Ault.

“I was excited when Jay told me ‘we are going to recruit your grandson. We’re very serious. We’ve looked at the film,” Ault said at his grandson’s signing day. “It’s exciting. I stayed out of it. I just felt things would work out. I’m really excited (Scolari) be wearing the Silver & Blue.”

The culmination of Scolari’s hard work did not come without some adversity. So far no Nevada high school athlete has been able to compete this fall and winter because of the Coronavirus.

Recruiting during a pandemic is also a much different process than in years past.

“The Nevada staff did a great job getting me involved in zoom meetings, and school visits,” said Scolari. “That was really cool for me because even though I grew up around the university, it was cool to see all the little things I hadn’t seen before.”

Talks with Norvell and Quarterback Coach Matt Mumme solidified Scolari’s decision to commit, and he could not be happier.

“Home means Nevada. That’s super important to me. I’m excited to get going.”

Scolari is expected to join Nevada’s quarterback room next fall.

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