A three-star senior tight end at Lafayette High School in Wildwood, MO, Scales reached his final decision on Tuesday, opting to decommit from the Crimson Tide and instead commit to the University of Missouri.
“It was really hard because of the relationships I’ve built,” Scales told BlackandGoldIllustrated.com. “The time, the effort, the money put in (making visits to Alabama). It was hard. I just feel like this was the best thing for me and I want to feel wanted.”
Scales, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound senior, attracted scholarship offers from Illinois, Arkansas, Louisville, NC State, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Arizona State and others before pledging to the Crimson Tide last spring.
He took his official visit to Alabama on Jan. 15 but then decided to take one more official visit, to Missouri, this past weekend to take another look at campus and meet the new coaching staff Barry Odom has assembled.
“Coach (Josh) Heupel, Coach (Joe Jon) Finley and Coach Odom — I talked to Coach (Glen) Elarbee and some other coaches — but those are the three coaches I’ll be dealing with the most and I really liked them,” Scales said. “It was easy to talk to them. That was important to me. … I like where they see me.”
Heupel, the former quarterback and offensive coordinator at Oklahoma Sooners, is the Tigers’ new offensive coordinator. Finley, a former tight end at Oklahoma, is Mizzou’s new tight ends coach.
Scales said the Missouri coaching staff sees him filling a similar role to Blake Bell at Oklahoma, who transitioned from quarterback to tight end and was used in a variety of ways.
“I’ll play wildcat quarterback and I’ll do a lot more splitting out like I did in high school,” Scales said. “Blocking obviously but catching as well.”
“They are trying to do an uptempo offense,” he said. “They are trying to run like 20-30 more plays per game than they have before. So more fast-paced.”
Scales caught 34 passes for 400 yards, an average of 11.8 per reception, and four touchdowns during his senior season at Lafayette. He also ran nine times for 25 yards and completed two of four pass attempts for 38 yards. Playing defensive end, Scales racked up 42 tackles and a team-high nine sacks as Lafayette went 7-4.
Scales will participate in a Signing Day ceremony at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday at Lafayette High School.