The Nevada football team earned a verbal commitment from a local prospect and Wolf Pack legacy Friday afternoon.
Bishop Manogue quarterback Drew Scolari, the grandson of legendary Wolf Pack figure Chris Ault, pledged to the Wolf Pack one month after getting a scholarship offer from the school, a source told Nevada Sports Net.
A 6-foot-2, 165-pound quarterback, Scolari has carved out his own name as a two-sport star for the Miners. The senior-to-be has led the Miners to back-to-back Northern 4A Regional championships, including an appearance in the 2018 large-class state championship game. He also is a standout baseball player.
During his two years as a starter at Bishop Manogue, Scolari has completed 64.2 percent of his passes for 4,311 yards with 52 touchdowns against 15 interceptions. Scolari is a dual-threat quarterback who has rushed for 843 yards, 5.2 yards per carry and 10 touchdowns the last two seasons.
Scolari is an unrated prospect by 247Sports.com and Rivals.com but drew a three-star rating from QBHitList.com, which reports he has a 4.2 GPA. Nevada is Scolari's lone FBS scholarship offer. He also is a standout baseball player rated as a top-10 prospect in Nevada in the 2021 class as an outfielder and has shown some interest in potentially playing baseball at the next level.
Scolari is Wolf Pack born and raised and was in the Wolf Pack's locker room celebration after the team's historic win over No. 3-ranked Boise State in 2010, which was led by Ault, a College Football Hall of Famer who led Nevada to 234 wins.
“The first football memory I remember vividly is that 2010 win, Nevada over Boise State, the game that won the ESPN Game of the Year,” Scolari said in 2018. “I have memories before that, but that’s the one that really sticks. The comeback, I was 8 years old, I remember running into the locker room after the game, celebrating with all the players and having a good time. It was super exciting for me to see. That was one of my first years actually playing football, so it was a really good experience to see football played at the college level and to go in the locker room and see the joy on my grandpa’s face and it was fun for me to see the inside at such a young age.”
Bishop Manogue High head coach Ernie Howren, who has mentored scores of players to the FBS level, has raved about Scolari's football IQ.
“It’s as good as anybody I’ve seen,” Howren said in 2018. “Obviously he gets that from Coach Ault, and Coach Ault has done a great job of teaching him the game of football and Drew’s bringing that to our team. I love his demeanor, I love his quiet confidence. He knows what he’s doing and he knows how to get it done and nothing seems to phase him.”
Verbal commitments aren't binding. Players can sign letters of intent in December. This addition could be a big one for head coach Jay Norvell, who has completed four recruiting classes at Nevada without signing a local out of high school. The Wolf Pack also is a finalist for 2021 quarterback Chayden Peery, the No. 14-ranked pro-style quarterback in his class.
Scolari wouldn't join Nevada until the 2021 season, when the Wolf Pack will be scheduled to have four scholarship quarterbacks in Carson Strong, Kaymen Cureton, Kaiden Bennett and Nate Cox.