Arizona football: Utah guard, 16, says he will be a Wildcat

2011-05-13T00:00:00Z 2014-09-15T09:47:14Z Arizona football: Utah guard, 16, says he will be a WildcatRyan Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 13, 2011 12:00 am  • 

Logan Stott is barely old enough to drive.

But the St. George, Utah, high school star can drive-block like an old pro. He can pull, too, and seal off defenders with a strength rarely seen in players his age.

So maybe it isn't surprising that Stott verbally committed to Arizona last week, becoming - at age 16 and a high school sophomore - the youngest football player ever to choose the program.

Stott, 6 feet 3 inches and 300 pounds, plays guard at Pine View High School. But he could best be suited as a center in the Wildcats' 2013 recruiting class.

Stott said with a chuckle that his recruitment happened "rapidly," which isn't true. The UA has unknowingly been recruiting the offensive lineman since birth.

Stott's father, Dale, played football at Amphitheater High School and holds undergraduate and medical degrees from the Arizona. His grandfather, Gerald, taught in Arizona's dairy science department from 1960-83. And a half-brother, Bryant, is an assistant football coach at Tucson High School.

"I would have made (the decision) at any time in my career, as soon as I was offered by the University of Arizona," Stott said.

Scouting services have yet to rate Stott, in part because he's so young. Dale, who also serves as the offensive line coach at Pine View, describes his son as a strong player with a nasty streak. Logan Stott can already bench-press 405 pounds; he put up 225 pounds 20 times during the team's NFL combine-style workouts this spring.

Stott started 21 varsity games in his first two high school seasons but is best known for finishing.

"He finishes every play; he's very violent. You like that in an offensive lineman," Dale Stott said. "A lot of times, offensive linemen are jovial pacifists. He's not. He's on the attack. He can really move.

"Physically, he's the strongest player I've ever coached. If he's able to get his hands on you, you're pretty much done."

TCU, Oregon, Oregon State, Utah, Utah State and BYU all showed interest in Stott before UA offensive line coach Robert Anae received Stott's highlight tape earlier this spring. Anae offered a scholarship May 2, and Stott accepted.

The timing did not surprise Dale, who describes his son as decisive.

Stott, a tech junkie who plans to major in art at the UA, will visit the UA this summer. He plans to graduate from high school a semester early and enroll in college in January 2013.

Until then, Stott said he knows he will face questions about committing so early.

But his mind is made up.

"My commitment's strong," he said. Decomitting "would be letting down more than just my commitment, honor and trust. It would also be breaking bonds of trust and honor with my family, both here and in Arizona, and the city of Tucson.

"That's something I just cannot do."

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Pac-12 South football standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
UCLA 6 2 0 0.750 9 2 0 0.818
ASU 6 2 0 0.750 9 2 0 0.818
Arizona 6 2 0 0.750 9 2 0 0.818
USC 6 3 0 0.667 7 4 0 0.636
Utah 4 4 0 0.500 7 4 0 0.636
Colorado 0 8 0 0.000 2 9 0 0.182

Pac-12 North football standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Oregon 7 1 0 0.875 10 1 0 0.909
Stanford 4 4 0 0.500 6 5 0 0.545
Cal 3 6 0 0.333 5 6 0 0.455
Oregon State 2 5 0 0.286 5 5 0 0.500
Washington 2 5 0 0.286 6 5 0 0.545
Washington State 2 6 0 0.250 3 8 0 0.273
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