With a trip to Texas Tech this weekend, Rickey Scott will be jumping into his recruitment head first as he searches for his college home. While he starts officials this weekend, Scott is also in the midst of conducting in home visits and the 6-foot-3 guard from Irving (Tex.) MacArthur has whittled his list down to a select group of Big 12 and SEC programs.
Thursday afternoon, Scott got things going when he hosted the Missouri staff for an in home visit.
"It was real good," Scott said of the Missouri visit. "I had a nice talk with them. It was Mike Anderson and Coach Watkins."
According to Scott, he was really struck by the demeanor of Anderson.
"He was a great dude," Scott told Inside Mizzou. "He really seemed like he knew what he was talking about. I feel like I could trust him."
As it turns out, the Tigers weren't the only staff dropping by the Scott household. Shortly after Anderson and Watkins finished their presentation, Pat Knight stopped by.
"It was a good talk," said Scott. "We talked a lot about going there this weekend. I'm not feeling any pressure, I just want to have a great visit."
In fact, not being pressured is very important to Scott. He wants to be sure that he knows what he's getting into with any staff and doesn't want what happens when he arrives on a college campus to be different than what he was told during his recruitment.
"I don't like rushing," said Scott. "I like being patient. I don't want you to say something to me today and then stab me in the back the next day."
After he visits Tech this weekend, Scott plans to host Arkansas, Kansas State and Baylor for in homes next week. From there he'll visit Arkansas officially next weekend, Kansas State the weekend of the 25th while Missouri and Baylor will get their official visits during the last two weekends of October.
So, what exactly is it that has coaches so excited about the bullish guard?
"I think they like that physical way I like to play," said Scott. "I like that up tempo type of play and I can get in people's grill. I can attack from the wing, but I consider myself a point guard. College coaches love those attacking point guards. I like to attack and play defense."
According to Scott, he's not planning to make a decision until he's taken all five of his visits. And, while he'd like to decide before the start of the early signing period, he's not opposed to waiting until the spring if he doesn't feel like he's found the right fit.
In order to find that fit and successfully navigate the waters of his recruitment, Scott will turn to a small circle of trusted advisers and they'll be looking at some very specific areas.
"Definitely Coach Ross (summer coach) and my dad, my high school coach too," said Scott of who he'll consult during the decision making process. "We talk about who they have coming in, their style of play and how the coaches treat you and how they are going to build you and get you to the next level. Will they make you a better person? Do their players like them?"