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The Utah football team is adding a four-star offensive line prospect this fall, and when he comes in, he won't even be on scholarship.
Logan Stott, a Pine View grad who transferred from Arizona last year, will be among Utah's walk-ons when fall camp begins, his father Dale Stott confirmed. The one-time top national prospect, ranked No. 14 among guards in the 2013 recruiting class, is looking for a fresh start to his football career.
He's spent the last few months playing for the undefeated (and unpaid) Dixie Rebels, a semi-pro football team Dale Stott coaches in St. George. His passion for the game is still intact, despite his quick departure from Arizona.
"He decided to take a year and focus on academics, so he's been taking classes online with Utah," Dale Stott said. "Now he's doing well academically and he's ready to go. He's always loved football."
At 6-foot-3 and 305 pounds, Stott could be a walk-on who actually gets on the field. He's shadowed players to a few team meetings, practices and weightlifting sessions this spring, and has been following a Utah strength and conditioning program to enter camp in proper shape.
Stott initially enrolled early with the Wildcats after being encouraged to do so by then-Arizona assistant Robert Anae. But Anae soon left for BYU, and eventually Stott decided to play college football elsewhere.
The year off has been good for him in some ways: He got a chance to be roommates with his brother, Trevor Stott, up at the U., and he was able to get some college classes under his belt.
But he's now ready to play, scholarship or not. Dale Stott runs a pain management center in St. George, so money isn't an issue at this point, he said.
"The coaches have said it's a possibility [that he earns a scholarship], but whether he has a scholarship is not the most important thing," he said. "He has an opportunity to compete for time. That's what he wants."
The Utes have already shuffled the offensive line a bit this spring. Though Stott is not necessarily expected to earn reps right off the bat, there's always a possibility that a redshirt freshman who benches 460 pounds could make an immediate impact.
He's friends with former Hurricane lineman Daniel Nielson, and knows other Utes from competing with them in high school. He's looking forward to building new ones, Dale Stott said.
"We really love Coach [Jim] Harding and [Kyle] Whittingham, and we think it's a fine coaching staff and the program is going in the right direction," he said. "The bottom line is that Logan believes in himself, and he believes Utah is a great place for him."
Kyle Goonkgoon@sltrib.comTwitter: @kylegoon