Scales made a late switch from Alabama to Missouri during the recruiting process, committing to the Tigers just hours before National Signing Day in February, and it left him not knowing much about the rest of his fellow signees.
Several of those signees were in Columbia on Saturday for Missouri’s annual Black & Gold Game, which offered the Lafayette High School tight end time to get to know his future teammates.
“It was nice,” Scales said. “I think my favorite part was really just getting around my future teammates, the signees, and just kind of figuring out how they are and what they are about. It was fun. I liked all of them and I feel like we got a little closer to the game. We’re just trying to figure out who we are and what we’re going to do as a team to contribute next year.”
Who did Scales hit it off with?
“I felt like all of them,” he said. “Damarea (Crockett), he was cool. And then Tre'Vour (Simms). Then Micah (Wilson), the quarterback, and Jerod (Alton). So it was nice. My favorite part was just hanging out with them.”
Simms, Alton and Scales are all from the St. Louis area. Scales said he already knew Alton, who played at nearby Kirkwood High School.
“I’ve met Jerod,” Scales said. “During football season he guarded me and then during track season we’d talk a lot. That’s how I met him. But other than that I didn’t know anyone really.”
One of two tight ends signed by the Tigers in February — the other, Albert Okwuegbunam, was also at the spring game — Scales liked what he saw from his future team on Saturday.
In a scrimmage that amounted to the offense vs. the defense, Mizzou’s offense scored three touchdowns and won 21-0.
“I think they looked good,” Scales said. “The defense looked good. The offense was good but they said they also needed some work. It was nice watching them. I know that they’ll be a good team next year, so we’ll just see.”
Scales opted not to participate with his high school track team this spring, after previously competing in the shot put and sprint relay events, so he could focus on training for football. The 6-foot-4 senior said he’s now up to 240 pounds, which should put him in position to compete for playing time when he gets to Columbia.
He wants to be ready to do whatever is asked of him for the Tigers.
“Coach (Cornell) Ford made sure to ask me if I was catching balls and stuff,” Scales said. “I don’t really have an attitude like I think I’m going to go in there and start at all, but I want to go in there and contribute, be a part of the team, whatever that means to them. But just being a part of the team is nice.”