Wildwood (Mo.) Lafayette tight end Brendan Scales is back at school after spring break. The 6-foot-4 and 220-pound recruit was in Chicago that week taking part in a camp. He also took a trip north with a number of other highly touted recruits to check out some schools. Two of the schools that Scales was going to see had already offered him a scholarship.
”We had our spring break two weeks ago,” Scales said. “We were at an Adidas camp in Chicago and took a bus trip to Michigan to see some schools. We went to Michigan State, Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan. I have offers from Michigan State and Western Michigan.
”It was good talking with all of the coaches and seeing the facilities at all of those schools. All of the staffs that we met while on the tour were cool. It was good to be with all of the other recruited players on the trip.”
Scales is closing in on 20 total offers. He says that he is looking at a couple of key areas when it comes to his college decision. One of the biggest reason to consider and ultimately choose a school will come from the opportunities that come with the education and the ability to work with children after football is over.
”I have 17 offers now with Louisville and Nebraska offering me most recently. When it comes to picking out a school I have things that I am looking for academically. I really want to work with children. I want to look into majors for that.
”I am also looking for a good coaching staff. I want to hear the reports from the players about the staff. I want to pay attention to the fan base that a school has. A lot of coaches have also asked me which position I want to play and some others have just offered me as either a tight end or a defensive end. I want to play tight end. It’s an honor to get every offer, but I really want to play tight end.”
Scales is being recruited to play both offense and defense in college. In fact, he’s being recruited to play offense after just one year at the tight end position in high school. He knows that he has the tools to play the spot, but he admits that he’s still trying to put it all together.
”Last year was my first season playing tight end. Before that I played offensive tackle. As a tight end I am still figuring out what I need to do. I think that I can catch the ball well. I think that schools like my athletic ability, my size and my speed. My speed doesn’t show up on my film a lot. I would say that I am versatile.”
Scales and a former Husker have connected during his recruitment. He’s heard nothing but good things about Lincoln and Nebraska. He’s actually experienced those things first-hang when he took a trip to Lincoln last year for a game. Scales says that he wants to get back to Lincoln soon again, but doesn’t have a date for the next visit.
”Former Husker Mike McNeil is a trainer at my dad’s facility,” Scales said. “He’s been great with me through this process and has had some good input for me about Nebraska. I went up there for a game last year and really loved the fans and the atmosphere. I am planning another trip to Nebraska, but I don’t know when it will be.”