Two camps into a busy summer, Rush-Henrietta (N.Y.) defensive back Chauncey Scissum is only in the first phase of what he will embark upon in his pursuit of elite scholarship offers.
Holding seven at this point - recently adding Alabama State and Colgate to the list to go along with Massachusetts, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Old Dominion and Towson – the versatile athlete most recently took in sessions at Syracuse and UMass.
"The coaches just wanted to see where I was at not playing football for a while," Scissum admitted after the UMass camp. "I was doing lacrosse so they wanted to see me get back into it a little bit. It was pretty good."
Unlike that showing, in which he already had an offer, one could have been on the table with the Orange coaches watching.
"That camp was decent," he said. "I learned some more things. I'm already familiar with most the coaching staff so I got to meet the ones I haven't already known, and get a good bond…they said that they were only looking to offer one DB in my class, so I'm not sure what I'm going to do."
In both cases Scissum worked out as a cornerback, the position he prefers to safety and wide receiver though capable at either.
"I feel that with my size, I can be more dominant there," he said. "I'm as big as almost every receiver, if not bigger. That would be a great asset going up for jump balls and stuff like that."
While his corner skills haven't led to a Syracuse offer in football, his lacrosse skills have led to an offer from the team's renowned program.
Said Scissum, "For lacrosse, I'm very dominant also. I have two offers, from Syracuse and Towson. I'd like to think I'm more dominant in football, but I'm very good in lacrosse also.
"If I had to make a choice, it would definitely be football," he continued. "But if a school offers me at both, that would be great because that's what I'd like to do. But If I can't, definitely football. Coaches like that I'm a good athlete and that I'm good enough to play more than one sport.
"It comes naturally, it's a lot of running and the game's fast paced. It's a lot of back-and-fourth stuff, but I get the hang of it quickly."
Until more programs pull the trigger on the gridiron, Scissum will hit the camp circuit hard.
"I'm just trying to get my name out there and go somewhere big if I can," he said. "I'm going to Ohio State in a few weeks and I'm going to a one-day at UB (Buffalo), Towson and maybe Clemson. I think I'm going to go to Temple this summer, also."
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound three-star is looking beyond football tradition for a school that fits him.
"A school that supplies me with a good education that I can use for the rest of my life," he said of his criteria. "Also, just a good environment. Not too close to home, I want to get away a little bit.
"I want to study sports medicine."
Scissum said he has no timetable for a decision, though sometime during his senior season would be considered ideal. Syracuse could have an inside track with his former teammate and close Ashton Broyld on the roster.
"We always talk about getting another state championship and what I have to do, and for him getting a BCS bowl game," said Scissum. "We're really close, last year he was always at my house. We trained together and hung out a lot."