High School (Hometown): Valley HS (West Des Moines)
Notes: With the off-field situation that has beset Iowa City West High's Greg Coleman, Jason Scales may have repositioned himself as the top RB prize over which Iowa and ISU will be fighting this fall. It didn't take long for football fans across the state of Iowa to take notice after Scales rushed for over 2,642 yards and 32 TDs in leading WDM Valley to the 2002 Class 4-A state championship. For his efforts, Scales earned a spot on The Des Moines Register All-State Elite team and received early offers from Iowa, Iowa State and Kansas with additional heavy interest coming from Colorado and Stanford. Clocked 10.90 in the 100 meters and 22.82 in the 200 at 2003 state track meet. Competed in the pentathlon his sophomore year. Carries a 3.5 GPA.
Let's go to the film…
Positives: Extremely quick and exceptional feet, accelerates quickly, hard to get a solid shot on him, shows good vision between the tackles, good center of gravity, really fluid in his cuts, lots of spring in his legs, loves to spin away from contact. Broke one long run of over 50 yards in film I watched.
Negatives: Not a lot of power, a willing runner but won't break many tackles inside the box, spins can jeopardize ball security and cause fumbles when he doesn't tuck it away, more quick than flat-out fast, gets most of his yards in 5-10 yard chunks.
Summary: Hawkeye fans, think more of Fred Russell than Jermelle Lewis when you think of Scales. His lower body is not as developed than Russell but Scales has similar running skills and style. Scales actually reminds me a lot of former Cyclone Darren Davis in his stature and the way he loves to spin off tackles. Overall rating*: (5.0 scale) 3.5.
(Ratings key: 5.0=Top national prospect at his position; 4.0=Very good Big Ten prospect; 3.0=Lower Big Ten prospect; 2.0=More likely a I-AA or walk-on prospect; 1.0 Marginal walk-on possibility.)
Prep sports and recruiting expert Jamie DeMoney is nearing his 10th year in the industry. As a recruiting analyst and video coordinator for The Forbes Report, DeMoney observes and evaluates many of the nation's top football prospects. He also researches and ranks the nation's top high school football and basketball teams for the National Prep Poll – the nation's second-oldest high school rankings service and the only rankings syndicated to newspapers by the Associated Press. DeMoney's other credits include contributor and managing editor of American Football Monthly, editor of Gridiron Greats recruiting yearbook, and a doing play-by-play high school sports for KCJJ-AM in Iowa City.