Interview With Ryan Scott

The Arkansas State Red Wolves think they have found a piece of their catching puzzled for next year.

Now they have to play the waiting game and it is not another college they have to worry about.

Catcher Ryan Scott of Scottsdale, Ariz., signed a letter of intent with the Red Wolves last week.

But he was also drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 30th round the first week of June in the first-year player draft.

"I have always wanted to play pro baseball,'' said Scott, who is spending a lot of the summer in Tulsa with his father Darryl Scott, who is the pitching coach for the Rockies' Class AA farm team there. "That is why I did not sign early because I was going to go pro. When I got drafted in the 30th round I decided to start taking a look at colleges.''

If you are trying to figure out how Scott, who bats right-handed, who is from Arizona and ASU got together ... think Washington.

"After I was not drafted as high as I wanted my high school coach started calling around,'' he said. "He is from Washington and he knew coach (Tighe) Dickinson. They used to coach against each other in high school up there.''

Scott visited the Jonesboro campus with his family.

"I liked it,'' he said. "It was like a smaller version of Scottsdale. I really liked all the stores with the Red Wolves stuff painted in the widows. That was pretty neat.''

Scott has hit .314 and .308 the past two seasons and led Notre Dame to a state title this past season. He threw out 74 percent of base runners.

"I have always taken pride in my defense and consider myself a defensive catcher first. I have always been a slow starter at the plate."

The deadline for signing with the professional team is July 15. He said the Dodgers told him they would meet with set up a meeting in Tulsa to negotiate.