East Lake's Artavious Scott, a 2014 wide receiver is on his way to being one of the top prospects in the Tampa Bay area for the next cycle. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound prospect was one of the state's top receivers in 2011, catching 54 passes for 1,158 yards and 12 touchdowns during his sophomore season.
"I work hard every day and every time I'm on the field. I pick up on the small things that a lot of people will miss and use that to improve on what I'm doing and get better at what I do," said Scott. "I just want to work hard this spring to be a best all around player I can be and this upcoming season I want to break records and catch at least 30 touchdowns."
Scott credits a lot of his play to his relationship with his quarterback Pete DiNovo. The duo helped lead Eastlake into the playoffs where they lost to eventual state champion Plant in OT.
"We hang out every day, train together, and have a connection," said Scott. "We can read people and defenses and out think them. It was a tough loss but we're focused to go all the way this year."
On the recruiting front things schools are taking notice as Scott, who recently received an FSU offer, picked up his second BCS offer.
"Things are going pretty good and I got my second offer from USF the other day," said Scott. "The coach sent me a letter and said they were going to offer, but this one was an actual offer."
"It felt really good to get the offer from USF and made my day," said Scott. "I felt I've worked hard and deserved it, and getting it made me real happy."
The rising junior lives just over the bridge from USF and has already visited the school and liked what he saw.
"I know a lot about USF and like them. I went over there for junior day, walked around and really liked the campus, it was real nice. I also went there for a team camp and road around and got to see everything and I like the facilities. They got a nice weight room and really sweet practice fields. Everything was new and real nice and I liked it a lot."
Scott also got to spend time with the USF coaching staff.
"I like the coaches, all of the coaches. They real nice," said Scott. "I especially like Coach Vaas, he seems like a real cool guy. All of them seem real easy to talk to."
The Bulls have also offered two of Scotts teammates in OL Mason Cole and CB Devin Abraham, both are sophomores as well and talk about playing together.
"Yeah, we talk about it, we think it would be cool to go to the same school," said Scott. "But we know that doesn't always happen that way, but it would be nice.'
With USF being so close, Scott said it meant something getting an offer from the home team.
"Yeah it means a lot to me, because they're close to home and I don't know where I'll be in two years, so that may be my school, so it's good to have them there," said Scott. "USF is on my mind, so it it's great to have an offer from them."
"I also watch them whenever I can," said Scott. "One thing I can say is I think they play hard, and when I watched them practice they were on point, on the same page and working until the end."
"I also watch both sides of the ball, because I don't know where I want to play in college yet," said Scott. "I watch how the receiver's run their routes and the play calling they use, but also watch the defense."
While Scott is interested in the Bulls it's early and there are several other schools he's interested in as well.
"I like the two that offered me, USF is the home team, and I like Florida State, I went up there when they played Oklahoma and liked it a lot," said Scott. "I also like Oklahoma State, Clemson, and Miami. They all stand out to me."
Scott is planning on catching a few practices and spring games and is practicing with Team Tampa for the upcoming Madden 7on7 at IMG this weekend.
"I'll catch a few practices this spring and maybe Miami's and FIU's spring game," said Scott. "Right now I'm really focused on the 7on7 tourney and am really looking forward to showing out."
Stay tuned with USFNation.com as we keep you updated on Tay Scott and the rest of USF's recruiting targets.