"Definitely against Ole Miss when he kicked the field goal to win the game. I would say that would be the most memorable, because he kicked the game-winner to beat Ole Miss. The next night I played in the North Half Championship game and I had a good night."
So, you had a really good weekend?
"(Laugh) Yes sir, the Bulldogs won and we won too."
Well, what's the process been like for you since your commitment? Have thing slowed down?
"It has, honestly, a lot. Before I committed to State, I was getting letters from schools all around the country, and when I committed, it mainly cut down to about 4 schools; State, Ole Miss, Nebraska, and Auburn. Auburn was recruiting me pretty good, but they kind of slacked off."
Are you still hearing from any schools?
"Well, honestly, I haven't received any phone calls, mainly just letters is all right now."
Who is writing to you?
"Nebraska is still writing me and Ole Miss and Southern Miss. a little, but not really that much. Nebraska, I probably have a stack of letters knee-high from them; they have really sent a lot letters. I guess that is why they are so good. They just keep recruiting players across the country. Of course, I am going to stick with State regardless. I just want to sign on the dotted line come February."
Well, I am sure the State coaches and fans will be please to here that. How many scholarship offers have you received?
"Just State. At the camp this summer, I guess Coach Sherrill was kind of impressed with me. We kind of talked it over then, and after I committed to State, no other school really paid any attention to me after that."
Speaking of camps, from your 9th grade year on, you have been to a number of camps, haven't you?
"Yes sir. The summer between my sophomore and junior year, I won the kicking competition at Nebraska, Tennessee, and Alabama at the Tifkin, Pope, Procter camp. I was intending to go to a number of camps this past summer, like Tennessee, Nebraska, Auburn. After I committed to Mississippi State and talked it over with my parents, we decided we could just save that money, since we had already got things straighten out and lined up with Mississippi State."
Over the years, which camp would you say is the most memorable or enjoyable?
"I would say the camp at Alabama, because they had a lot of the best kickers from around the south. I guess I was just in a zone that day. I went 9 for 9 on field goals and kicked a 53-yarder to win. So I would say that was probably my most memorable. I got a little trophy for it; it was pretty neat."
Now you talk about the competitions. How do they set that up?
"Well, the day before camp ends, all kickers are grouped according to age and although I was a junior to be, I was grouped with the seniors. You see, I am a little older because I started school late. I will be 19 by signing day. Each group has five kicks per person. The top 3 percentages per group go on to the finals (kind of like a kick off). Whoever had the best of 4 kicks won the trophy."
Do you remember the names of any of your competitors at any of the camps?
"I do remember the name of the guy at the Tennessee camp, actually it is the guy that committed to Tennessee, James Wilhart. He was up there; he was a really good kicker. What's funny about it is he was like 'oh, it is a dream of mine to go to Tennessee' and I said 'well, hopefully, I will go to Mississippi State'. Now it looks like we will both be going to our schools of choice."
How is school going for you, including the classroom?
"Honestly, I might be Valedictorian. I am really close. I am not quite sure I am going to get it. I know in the first 9 weeks I was in the top 3, and I am pretty sure that I had pretty good grades on my finals. We'll just have to wait and see when they total everything up."
Is that something that you are excited about or do you just take it as it comes?
"Well, honestly, I worked my butt off from my freshman year on; academics have always come first. So the way I look at it, I have worked my butt off so I would definitely get excited about it if I were to get it."
So obviously you are not going to have any trouble qualifying to compete as a freshman?
"No sir, I have got a 4.0 core and I got 20 on my ACT, but I am going to take it again. I hope to try to get it up. I am going to try to take it again in February, if I can get the form in January."
What do you enjoy most about the high school experience, Scott?
"I guess Friday nights. Friday night football games, and just being around your friends and family and the atmosphere. My mom just told me that my coach said that I was All-State 4A Kicker."
Well, congratulations. You did not know that?
"No, she just told me."
It was great talking to you, Scott.
*Note: More on Scott in the coming days.
Charles Johnson is a recruiting correspondent for Gene's Page (http://mississippistate.theinsiders.com), the unofficial source for Mississippi State sports on the internet.