Artavis Scott is certainly an entertaining player to watch. In fact, he rarely leaves the field. At least that was the case in their 38-7 loss at Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee on Friday. This Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake star did it all for the Eagles, playing offense, defense and special teams.
On the night Scott played wide receiver, running back, cornerback and returned kickoffs.
East Lake is replacing departed quarterback Pete DiNovo (UCF signee) so Scott may not put up the kind of wide receiver numbers that he did last year as a junior. He did manage to catch a few passes. One was a beauty, where he turned on his speed and ran underneath a long ball down the sidelines. You could really see Scott hit another gear and show a great burst to get under the ball.
Other than that Manatee held him in check. He did have a few nice runs from the slot or behind the quarterback while playing running back. He has good vision and short area quickness. Scott can hit his top gear quickly. You could see that all night long, especially on kick returns.
I like how he plays the cornerback position as well. In fact, long term, this could be the one spot with the most upside for him. He has good size. Scott is close to 6-foot-0 and is put together at 175-180-pounds. He has good length, incredible balls and of course outstanding quickness and speed.
What I wanted to see is how he would support the run game. He defended it well. He showed toughness and aggressiveness. Scott didn't shy away from a pile, rather he would enter the scrum. He also had the biggest hit on the night. A Manatee wide receiver caught a pass in the flat and Scott just leveled him in the open field. This is a kid that is can set the edge and not afraid to get dirty and throw his body around.
This four-star recruit is committed to Clemson and I could certainly see him making a big impact on that program as a wide receiver, cornerback and in the return game. He brings big play ability and versatility to the Tigers.
Below are some highlights of Scott against Manatee. My apologies for missing the play on his long touchdown reception. I do have everything else.
Live eval plus video: Artavis Scott
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