Now that he has taken official visits to both of his finalists, Destrehan, La., safety Brandon Scott has all the information he needs to make an informed decision.
Scott (6-0, 181) said Sunday that he will likely let either Arkansas or Central Florida know of his decision on Monday.
“My mom was supposed to come, but she had to work so as soon as I get back home I am going to talk to her about the differences between Arkansas and Central Florida,” Scott said. “And then I’m going to make the decision and call the coach and let him know.”
The Razorbacks certainly put their best foot forward this week as Scott spent time with current Razorback safeties Henre’ Toliver, Rohan Gaines, Santos Ramirez and Josh Liddell.
“The community, the fans, the players here,” Scott said of his favorite parts of the trip. “I got to chill with Henre’, Rohan, Santos, Josh and a couple of other people.
“Their personalities - it fits mine,” Scott added. “The way they want to play the next few years, that is how I want to play for the next few years. That is how I want to develop as a player."
He admits that he was very impressed with the dinner he had and the fans he met Saturday night at the Catfish Hole restaurant.
“It was crazy,” Scott said. “I was pretty shocked.”
Scott is likely to announce his decision on the same day as his teammate Kirk Merritt, a wide receiver who will announce between Oregon, Texas A&M, Alabama or Auburn at 7 p.m. on Monday night.
Arkansas defensive coordinator Robb Smith and Razorback assistants Michael Smith - who recruits Louisiana - and Clay Jennings made sure Scott knew how much he is wanted here.
“A lot of coaches are new here and Coach Smith and Coach Jennings they have been on me since I got here,” Scott said. “I like them a lot.”
Scott, who had 65 tackles and 3 interceptions this season, was certainly impressed with how Arkansas turned its season around by winning three of its last four games - including shutouts of ranked foes LSU and Ole Miss.
“They are doing a good job,” Scott said. “I went from watching them when they were not doing too good of a job to seeing the program going where it is going. From me being recruited from the summer time and watching them perform now, I am glad they are in a school that is in my top two.”
Scott, who would be worked at both strong and free safety if he ends up at Arkansas, sized up his strengths.
“Knowing where the ball is going to be going before it gets there and hitting,” Scott said. “I like to hit. When I see somebody, I am coming full speed and I am not stopping.”
Former Razorback Jerico Nelson is one of Scott’s coaches.
“He is one of my defensive back coaches,” Scott said. “He has talked about Arkansas and has actually talked to my mom about it. He wants me to call him as soon as I get back.”
Destrehan (14-1) was unbeaten going into the state championship, but fell 23-7 to Acadiana in the title game.
“I think we did good, but we should have focused on a couple of trick plays that they ran,” Scott said. “I think that is why we really messed up in that game. Other than that I think we had a solid foundation and came up as a team.”
Scott noted that academics will be a factor in his decision.
“I want somewhere that I can graduate,” Scott said, “and if I leave early for the draft that I can come back and get my degree. Also just a good place with good people.”
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