Huskies add OL depth with Scott

When a player makes the move from the Pioneer Conference to the Pac 10, there's got to be a story behind it. Well, that's the case as Nick Scott, a big offensive lineman who had made a name for himself with Drake, a D-1AA program, but a family illness made the move to Seattle a necessary one. caught up with Scott recently and he told us about his journey to becoming a Husky.

Scott played at Lindbergh High School in St. Louis, Missouri and received recruiting interest from Drake as well as some D-2 schools.

"Up until my senior year, I only played defense," Scott told on Saturday evening. "Going into my senior year, my coaches wanted me to play both ways and that's when I started playing tackle and I received third team all-conference that year.

"I was a late-qualifier at Drake because they don't give athletic scholarships, so my grades and my test scores had to be good enough so I could get an academic scholarship."

After he achieved this marks, he headed to Drake which is located just outside of Des Moines, Iowa to play his college ball.

He redshirted in 2005 and played in nine games in 2006 before becoming a full-time starter last fall.

"They had me out at left tackle and I thought I had a pretty good season," Scott said. "It was a great experience for me and I had a lot of fun with it."

After the season however, an illness in the family made Scott ponder moving closer to his mother and sister, who had since relocated to the Seattle area, and in January he began talking to the Husky coaching staff.

"I got my release from Drake in January and I started looking around," Scott said. "Coach (Mike) Denbrock and I have been talking for a long time about this and it all just started to fall into place this summer and I'm reporting this coming week for the start of camp."

The question then arose -- does Scott have a scholarship?

"At this point I'd say things are up in the air," Scott said. "I don't have a scholarship or the promise of one, but they said if I have a good camp and they have one available for me, that I have a good chance of getting one.

"I love the way coach Denbrock is real straight-forward with me. He said if I work hard and I'm one of the best five players, that I will play. If not, I just have to work my butt off and do my best to get back into the mix."

Scott's listed height and weight last season was 6-5, 311, but he's now tipping the scales at a beefy 337 pounds, but he says not to worry, it isn't fat.

"I've been on a new workout regimen that focuses on building big muscle mass," Scott said. "I played at about 320 last year and now I'm 337, but I think I move better than I did last year and that should help me with things.

"I don't max on my bench, but on the squat I'm at 550 pounds."

Scott said he's already received his waiver from the NCAA to play this fall because of his family situation, otherwise he would have been required to sit this fall and that would have only allowed him only one year of eligibility starting in 2009.

"I wanted to find a good combination of academics and sports and I think I've found it at U-Dub," Scott said. "I'm all set to give it my all and I'm looking forward to the start of it on Monday." Top Stories