"I really want to get a feel for schools early on,” he said. "Sometimes my coach sets them up, but usually it’s my parents and I."
The staff at Illinois has been especially diligent in recruiting Scales so far and have made a point to stay in frequent contact with the dynamic offensive prospect. That effort hasn’t gone unnoticed.
"We’ve kept in touch since they offered me early in the season,” he said. "I like all the coaches there a lot."
But Illinois has been involved with Scales for some time now. The Illini were one of the first programs to extend him an offer.
"It was incredible,” he said, "because I knew I was finally achieving the goals I’d had since I was young."
Scales has been busy this spring, though. In addition to Illinois, he has made stops at numerous schools throughout the Midwest.
Scales’ most recent offer came from the Michigan State Spartans on a visit just a few days ago.
"I thought I was just taking a tour and meeting the coaches, and at the end, coach brought me in and offered me,” he said. "It means a lot because they’re a good program."
Scales has the build to end up on either side of the ball, but he did say he has a preference to play tight end in college.
"A lot of schools are looking at me as a tight end,” he said. "Some schools are looking at me as a D-end. Iowa actually gave me the option of playing tight end or defensive end."
A couple of other schools that have recently offered Scales’ are further from home than others, but he hopes to see both and learn more about each program.
Distance may play somewhat of a factor in Scales’ recruitment, but he knows no matter where he goes, his family will be there to support him.
"I really like being around my family,” he said, "but I do like to get away from time to time."
On all of these visits, Scales is paying close attention to a few aspects of each program. Scales does acknowledge that football isn’t an eternal career, so he also hopes to obtain a valuable diploma when at a school.
"Definitely people (matter),” he said. "I want to see how they treat the football program. Everybody says education. My dream is to play in the NFL, but if not, I want to have something solid to fall back on."
As far as what he wants to study in college, Scales already has something in mind, though it isn’t set in stone.
"I’m not sure what I want to go into yet,” Scales explained. "I do want to work with children. Possibly autistic children."
An early decision isn’t out of the question for Scales, however he will only pull the trigger if he feels as though he has a thorough understanding of each program that is pursuing him.
"I would like to make a decision before the season,” he said, "but if I don’t feel ready, I’ll probably take official visits and decide after the season."