July 31, 2012

Scott shines on both sides at FNL

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Class of 2014 Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake athlete Artavis Scott made the long trek north on Friday to take in Ohio State's inaugural 'Friday Night Lights' camp. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound prospect holds a dozen offers already, including one from the Buckeyes. Coming in as one of the most highly thought of prospects at the event, Scott did not disappoint, dazzling the crowd with great plays on both offense and defense.

"I thought it was fun, I thought it was pretty raw," said Scott. "I got to experience Friday Night Lights and walk around the campus so it was pretty cool."

After making several nice plays on offense, Scott turned his attention to defense where he found himself locked in on some of the camp's top wide receiver prospects. With some winning reps, Scott showed that he is equally talented as a defender.

"I just wanted to show that I'm an athlete, I play both sides of the ball," he said. "I wouldn't have a problem playing defense at the next level."

Scott's performance caught the attention of the Ohio State coaching staff, particularly head coach Urban Meyer.

"They said they loved what they saw," Scott explained. "Coach Urban Meyer said he would love to have me and he knows how to use me in his offense."

After leaving Ohio State, Scott headed north to Michigan for an unofficial visit where he was able to get the red carpet treatment from the Wolverine's coaching staff.

"It was raw," he said. "Seeing that stadium and the facilities, I thought it was nice. I talked to all the coaches, coach (Jerry) Montgomery is the one that's recruiting me. He told me that before they offer me they need to see my transcript."

Scott wrapped up his busy weekend with a trip to South Bend to check out Notre Dame.

"Oh my gosh it was so nice out there," he explained. "When I first saw (the campus), it's jaw dropping. There is so much tradition and when you go to the locker room it's like still the same and the campus is all brick. It looked so raw to me."

"I talked to all of the coaches, except for the head coach (Brian Kelly) because he wasn't there," Scott continued. "I spent the most time with coach (Tony Alford) and he was just telling me about how he was going to recruit me."

After having a chance to reflect on all three visits, Scott took the political route when asked which of the three was his best visit.

"Oh man, I really couldn't say on that one, I don't know," he said. "They were all real good. I plan to go see all three of those schools play (this fall), I just don't know when it will be."

Givler's Breakdown:

Scott was without question one of the top prospects at the loaded Friday Night Lights camp in Ohio Stadium. On offense, Scott did a good job creating separation and is able to cut and change directions on a dime. Scott gets to top speed quickly and showed he was able to run with the fastest players at the event, including speedsters like Shelton Gibson and Devon Allen.

Most of Scott's attention so far has come at wide receiver but he may have an even brighter future on defense. Scott does a good job of staying on the receiver's hip and showed tremendous natural instincts and ball skills out there in coverage. Scott played the ball very aggressively and it usually paid off for him as he put together a couple of winning reps against Gibson who was blowing past the other defensive backs on the field all night.

Overall it was a tremendous performance from Scott who showed why the nation's top programs are all recruiting him.


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