Big Ten Powers Surge up Scott's List

Tarpon Springs (FL) East Lake WR Artavis Scott wasn't sure what to expect on his first trip north, but after making his way through Big Ten country last his college outlook has broadened a bit.

One look at Artavis Scott’s offer list and it’s quickly obvious that the Tarpon Springs (FL) East Lake WR is among the Sunshine State’s best in 2014.  Florida, Florida State, Central Florida, and South Florida have each stepped up with scholarships, leaving Miami as outlier.  It’s rare that a prospect coveted by virtually all of the state’s top programs crosses its border, but after trips to Ohio State’S Friday Night Lights and Michigan’s Barbecue at the Big House, Scott is starting to think more about doing just that.

“Ohio State was a new experience,” said Scott.  “I had never seen it before. I liked it and I had fun (during Friday Night Lights).  Urban Meyer said he knows how to use me, whatever that meant.  But they said they’d like me in their offense and that I would look good in it.”

After leaving Columbus, Scott made his way to Michigan with teammate Mason Cole and he came away similarly impressed.

“It was a new experience too,” he stated.  “I like the campus and enjoyed myself a lot.  I had a chance to see everything.”

Unlike the Buckeyes, Michigan has not yet offered a scholarship.  But now that Scott has had some face time with the Maize & Blue he believes one that may be on the horizon… possibly at a different position.

“They said I need to get my transcript and after they get that and look it over they’ll offer me,” Scott said confidently.  “I think they’re having a meeting (Monday) about what position they want to offer me at.”

Looking back on both visits, they were both so eye opening that each improved its standing on his list.

“If I was to make a top list, (Ohio State) would be in the top three,” said Scott.  “When (Michigan) offers they will be in that range too.”

Notre Dame’s chance to make its move comes during a campus visit today.  That said, if they manage to join the Buckeyes and Wolverines at or near the top of the heap, it’s likely that all three northern powers will find making it up the list to have been the easy part.  Staying there could be tough when one takes into account the lengthy period of time that will pass before Scott is ready to make his choice.

“(A decision) will probably come in the U.S. Army All American game, the Under Armour game, or on signing day,” he reported.  “It’s going to come down to do I feel comfortable with them and academics.”


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