Official visit sways Scott to Army

Richmond (Va.) area recruit Tank Scott committed to Army while on a visit to West Point with his family this past weekend. The 6-foot, 185-pound defensive back, a three-year starter at Highland Springs High School in Virginia, received the West Point offer in November of last year.

Traveling home Sunday night from Virginia, ArmySports.com caught up with Scott to discuss his decision.

"I drove up with my parents and my little brother and sister on Friday," Tank Scott said. "The visit went very well. We toured the facilities, classrooms, the stadium. It was my first time at West Point and everything was just what I expected and a little more. Everything was top-notch.

"I had been thinking about (committing) to Army before the visit but I wanted to go see it first. I made my commitment on Sunday morning in the hallway of Michie Stadium to the whole staff. Coach Monken reached out to shake my hand and congratulated me on becoming a Knight.

"The education I'll be receiving at West Point was too hard to turn down. It's the number one public school in the country with an 18-1 teacher-student ratio. All of my professor will know me personally. It was also a chance to play big-time D-1 football. I loved the coaching staff. My position coach, Coach (Orlando) Mitjans, is a laid-back, honest guy who I think will be a lot of fun to play for. He likes aggressive corners who really go after it, and I feel like I fit well into the type of defense that he and Coach (Jay) Bateman, who was actually my recruiter, run. It's a great place for me to be able to extend my playing career."

Bateman began recruiting Scott to Army last May. After putting in another strong senior season at Highland Sprigs with All-Conference honors, Scott landed the Army offer in mid-November. He considering staying close to home for college but couldn't resist the allure of a West Point degree.

"It came down to two schools for me," said Scott. "I had an offer from Norfolk State and was looking at them, but in the end I felt like Army was the better fit overall.

"Last spring, when they first started looking at me, Coach Bateman said he thought I ran extremely well, that I cover a lot of ground with good recovery speed. He thought I had good size to play DB in their system. At this point I'm unsure if I'll be direct, but I can't wait to get back up there. I'm glad I know where I'll be for the next four years."

After the season, Scott was selected to play in the 2nd annual Big River Rivalry high school football all-star game on Saturday, December 20, at Randolph-Macon College.

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