Army offers a "Tank"

Given the nickname "Tank" as an eight-year-old because he "ran on top of people", Tank Scott may have been destined to join the military. The 6-foot, 185-pound Richmond-area athlete out of Highland Springs, Va. received his first official offer in early November from Army.

"It was November 9th when I was on the phone with Coach Bateman," Scott told "Basically, he called me up to tell me that he and his staff were very fired up to extend a full ride to me after watching my senior film. The first time we met was back in May when (Coach Bateman) came one of my workouts at school. We kept in touch ever since. It was kind of on and off for awhile with contact so I wasn't ever sure if they were going to offer me. I really didn't know, but I feel like the big reason (I was offered) is how well I played this season.

"Going into the Army and West Point wasn't something I had really been thinking about. When I first started talking to Coach Bateman, I looked into it and liked what I saw. Coach Monken, I would say, is doing a nice job recruiting. It's in the rebuilding stage they're in right now, but the long-term future looks bright at Army. They want me to come be a part of that process and think I'd be a great fit in their system at cornerback.

"Army has a lot of the things I'm looking for like the opportunity to play early, a program with a winning tradition, and, most importantly, life after graduation."

Scott was a do-it-all player at Highland Springs this season playing wide receiver and quarterback on offense and cornerback and safety on defense. He helped his team an undefeated regular season and number one ranking in the region. Unfortunately, his season came to an end in the second round of the 5A South Region playoffs against upset-minded L.E. Bird.

"It's disappointing, to be honest," Scott said of the loss. "I thought our chances to win the whole thing were very high. Individually, I felt like I had a good year and now have some good film to show people. I made improvements in my man-to-man coverage. What helped most was getting faster, getting quicker, improving my ball skills. We'll see what happens. It should be an interesting next few weeks."
A number of schools have reached out to Scott. Coastal Carolina, ranked recently number one in the FCS Coaches Poll, James Madison, Liberty, hometown Richmond, VMI, and Towson are showing Scott heavy interest. He's also hearing from Power Five schools like Maryland and Virginia Tech. Top Stories