Brandon Scott isn't sweating the fact he has yet to be offered a scholarship. Recently ranked as the 28th-best prospect in the East by Scout.com, and a top-300 player nationally, the 6-foot-5, 215-pound Woodbridge, Va., athlete is hearing the same thing from all the schools recruiting him including Notre Dame.
"They love my character, they tell me I'm a great young man," Scott said. "The biggest thing is the film issue. They say we wish we had more film on you because we want you here. Schools are trying to get me down to their camp so they can see me run around."
Scott's Forest Park High coach has tried his best to put together a tape for college coaches to analyze, but when a kid only plays in three-and-a-half games, it's hard to get anything with substance.
Scott went into this past season with a hip pointer and then pulled his groin, forcing him to shutdown his junior campaign prematurely. Scott had around 15 receptions for 200 yards, and also had five sacks from his defensive end position.
Most schools are recruiting Scott as a wide receiver, but Wake Forest and a few others like him at defensive end.
Scott's not thinking about his future collegiate position or lack of offers, he is just looking forward to showing schools that he can play.
"I'm just worried about having a great senior season, because if I do, everything will fall into place. I know eventually I'll get what I deserve. I'm working out six days a week perfecting all the little things.
"I want colleges to be confident in my abilities if they're going to offer me."
Scott was fully healthy when he participated at the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio, back in January, at an event showcasing some of the country's top juniors.
"I think I did pretty good," Scott said. "They rounded up the top 25 of us and we got to go on the field before the (U.S. Army All-American) game. They announced the top performers at the combine and they took us down on the field and we got to see the players' locker room, we got to see the band set up and the Army hummer RV. There were a couple thousand fans in the seats so it was cool."
Scott recently got a packet with information about Notre Dame's summer camps. He said he might attend, but will likely visit the school regardless. He will for sure camp at Penn State, and is 80 percent sure he will camp at Boston College. Other programs recruiting Scott are Wake Forest, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, USC and Central Florida.
Before his season-ending injury, Scott was regularly emailing with Notre Dame assistant coach Ron Powlus. They lost touch for a little bit, but Powlus sent Scott a recent message, and the Irish invited him to last month's junior day.
"I've never been there, but I hear it's really nice though," Scott said. "We were actually trying to go to their junior day, but it was so far we couldn't do it in the time frame we had.
"I have to give coach Powlus a call soon about maybe coming down for a couple spring practices or something like that."
Scott admitted he doesn't know much about Notre Dame's football program.
"My mom is all about those academic school," Scott said. "When coach Powlus first started talking, my mom was like we have to get up there. She's interested in those academic schools like Wake Forest, Boston College and Notre Dame."
Scott has a 3.1 GPA, can bench press 280 pounds, squat 400 pounds, and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds. He is going to participate in an upcoming Nike Combine, and plans on competing in a National 7-on-7 tournament with Tajh Boyd, Logan Heastie and Kevin Newsome.
Missing most of his junior season has made Scott hungry, and he is anxious for the busy upcoming schedule.
Scott would like to make his college decision sooner rather than later, but realizes that may not be possible.
"If I don't get the offers I want before my senior season, I'll do it shortly after my senior season or around December. I don't want to string this along. I just want to get ready for college.
"I'm looking for a great business program. How big the school is, isn't a factor. I like good facilities and a good area, and academics are the most important. I'm looking to major in business or communications, so a school with good programs in both would be what I'm looking for."