Tahlequah Traveler

Tahlequah (OK) Sequoyah quarterback and Arkansas native Brayden Scott (6-3, 205) has already been to several Junior Days - including an informative one in which he learned what he needed to know about the Razorbacks and new quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator Paul Petrino.

Talequah (OK) Sequoyah quarterback Brayden Scott has already put a lot of miles on the family car this year and there's miles and miles to go.

Scott (6-3, 205), one of the nation's top 2013 quarterback prospects and an Arkansas native who is an admitted Razorback fan, has already been to Junior Days at Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Nebraska.

There's still trips to Alabama, Florida State, Arizona State, Tennessee and Memphis coming up in the next couple of months.

"All the coaches have really been great to me and my family and I am having the time of my life going to all these places and getting to see what all of them have to offer," Scott said. "It's really pretty exciting and also is giving me a lot of information about each program."

He has offers from Arkansas, Alabama, Missouri, Arizona, Arizona State, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Oregon State, Clemson, Purdue, Tulsa while Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Tennessee, UCLA, Oregon and Missouri have also shown intense interest.

"This has all been just a blessing," Scott said. "I don't take any of it for granted."

Scott, who lived in Northwest Arkansas through the eighth grade and whose mom still lives in the area, plays for his dad at Tahlequah Sequoyah.

He passed for around 2,500 yards last season with 20 touchdowns and only four interceptions and rushed for nearly 1,000 for a team that finished 11-2.

"I feel like I can do a lot of things as a quarterback, both with my arms and my legs,' Scott said. "I am just trying to get better every day."

Scott admitted to being a bit anxious coming to Arkansas' Junior Day since his chief recruiter Garrick McGee had moved on to take over as head coach at UAB.

"I had a great relationship with Coach McGee and I really did know what it was going to be like with Coach Paul Petrino, the new quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator," Scott said.

Scott - whose family has season tickets to Arkansas football games - came away impressed with what he found in Petrino, the younger brother of Razorback head coach Bobby Petrino.

"I didn't know what he thought about me, if they still wanted to recruit me, if he thought I could run their offense," Scott said. "I came away with a great feeling about him, about how I would be used if I go to Arkansas and about what we could get done together with a program that is definitely on the rise. He really knows what he is doing and has a great feel for the game."

Scott, who lived in both Springdale and Rogers growing up, attended the Arkansas Junior Day along with Fayetteville High quarterback Austin Allen – another one of the nation's top quarterbacks in the 2013 class.

"I have known Austin for long time and we have grown up competing against each other in baseball and football," Scott said. "He's a great guy and a heck of a football player. I remember back in the eighth grade when I was the quarterback at (Springdale) Central and he was at (Fayetteville) Woodland and our junior high teams played. "

There has been some speculation that if Allen – the son of Arkansas assistant Bobby Allen and younger brother of Razorback freshman signal caller Brandon Allen – chooses to be a Razorback, that Scott would head elsewhere.

"If I decide Arkansas is the best place for me, that will not be a factor at all," Scott said. "One of things that I learned while at Arkansas is the Razorbacks are definitely going to take two quarterbacks in this next recruiting class since they did not take one in this class.

"So if he decides to commit before I do and it's to Arkansas, I can truly say that will not be a factor," Scott added. "I am smart enough to know that anywhere I go there will be competition. Especially at any place that is a truly competing for a national title."

Scott would like to have a decision made before his senior season starts, but that is not a definite.

"It would be nice to have it out of the way, but only if I am sure I definitely know where I want to go and I feel comfortable with the coaches and the thought of being here for four or five years," Scott said. "I'm just really enjoying it now and we'll see where it goes from here."

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