Stott always knew it was Arizona

2013 lineman Logan Stott always knew he wanted to go to Arizona and as soon as he got the offer, he was able to go with his beliefs.

Even though he won't sign a letter of intent for just about two years, Saint George (Utah) Pine View offensive lineman Logan Stott didn't need to wait any longer to make a verbal commitment once the offer from Arizona came through last week.

"I would've committed whenever I got the scholarship offer, so timing had nothing to do with it," Stott said. "If I had gotten offered my senior year by Arizona, I would've committed then. It didn't really matter when I was offered by Arizona; I was ready to commit. I had a really strong interest from the get go.

"I had a lot of interest in Oregon and TCU, but not as much as Arizona. It's because my family is there and I love my family and want to get to know them better."

It's the family connection to Arizona that brought the Wildcats their first commitment of the class of 2013, as Stott will carry on the legacy of family members two generations before him. For the 6-foot-3, 300-pound junior-to-be, keeping the UA family tradition alive has always been part of the plan.

"As you can probably tell, the family ties are incredibly strong," Stott said. "It's three generations, and it's been an unbelievable amount of dedication that I put in that has all been leading up to this, a scholarship from the University of Arizona."

When the offer did come in from Arizona, Stott didn't have to turn far to get some information on the school or the program.

"My family has told me it's a great school," Stott said. "They made it sound like a paradise. I know from before that Robert Anae is a great coach; he coached at BYU previously and he has a lot of experience. I'd love to play under him and he showed great interest, and that's the thing that off the bat got me interested.

"I've only talked to him once, and that was when he offered me the scholarship. He's a very nice guy, very professional, and I can't wait to play for him."

Even though Arizona fans will have to wait for quite awhile before seeing Stott in a uniform for the Wildcats, the young offensive linemen brings intangibles to the program that are sure to make him a fan favorite in the trenches from the get go.

"My strengths are that I'm tenacious, I'm probably the nastiest player you're ever going to meet," Stott said. "I have a tendency to tick off every defensive lineman at every camp or combine I ever go to. It's that spirit that's probably gotten me this far.

"I'm nastier than the rest of the players out there, and I know the game like the back of my hand. I have all the technique down and all of the skill down, and I'm a strong player. As a player, I'm going to be the strongest one out there and I'm going to be the one who is the nastiest."

He'll have to build his leadership skills as well, as coach Anae has told him a position switch may be in order for him upon his arrival in Tucson.

"I'll probably play center in college," Stott said. "Coach Anae said I have the perfect feet for a guard, but he said if I want to play at the next level in the NFL that I should practice snapping, so I've been doing that."

Inevitably some UA fans will worry about the strength of Stott's commitment with such a long time to go before he signs his letter of intent. While many things will change for Stott in his recruitment, his pledge to the Wildcats is one thing that won't.

"I'm closing up my recruitment," Stott said. "Of course there will still be teams interested in me, but there's no chance I go anywhere else.

"I'm very excited to be a Wildcat. Arizona has been at the top of my list since I started my recruitment, so when I got the scholarship offer it was a win-win for me."

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