Like grandfather, like grandson?
Nevada football offered a scholarship to Bishop Manogue quarterback Drew Scolari on Wednesday night, according to a post from his Twitter account. Scolari is the grandson of Wolf Pack legend Chris Ault, who quarterbacked Nevada from 1965-1968 before a Hall of Fame coaching career with the Wolf Pack and an influential 18-year stint as athletic director.
Scolari, who is 6-foot-2 and 165 pounds, has carved out his own name as a two-sport star at Bishop Manogue. 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. The Nevada offer is the first for Scolari.
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 scored 10 touchdowns on the ground 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. Scolari 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.
“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, raved about Scolari's football IQ.
“It’s as good as anybody I’ve seen,” Howren said. “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.”
Scolari said Ault, who still lives in South Reno, has helped him along the way.
“Sometimes he’ll break down film with me when I ask and he’ll show me something, but he’s also just that supporting grandpa in the stands who you’ve looked up to for your entire life,” Scolari said.
Wolf Pack coach Jay Norvell, who has completed four recruiting class as Nevada's coach, is still looking for his first local signee out of a Northern Nevada high school.