Cedric Scott Lands at Minnesota JUCO

Cedric Scott emerged on the OSU recruiting scene a couple of years ago, coming out of the same high school (Charleston, W.V. Capital) as his brother Darrion. Things did not work out at OSU, and he is now playing at a junior college in Minnesota. What are his future plans? Dave Biddle had a chance to talk with Scott to find out where things were with recruiting and if OSU was still in the picture.

Cedric Scott planned on following in his brother Darrion's footsteps to Ohio State, but it never worked out.

Scott is now playing at Mesabi Range Junior College in Minnesota.

He was set to join OSU's program following the 2003 as a grayshirt. However, he did not qualify academically. His highest score on the ACT was a 17 (he needed at least an 18) and OSU's coaches advised him to enroll at nearby Columbus State.

"I went to Columbus State, but I let my grades dip," Scott said. "I wanted to be at Ohio State, but I didn't get the work done that I needed. The only reason I was at Columbus State in the first place was because I didn't get my 18 on the ACT coming out of high school."

Therefore, he decided to transfer to Mesabi Range and he became the school's starting middle linebacker as a freshman in 2004.

"I did pretty good," Scott said. "Our coach didn't keep defensive stats, but I think overall it went good. I felt I played well."

The 6-2, 246-pound Scott says he has added about 25-30 pounds of muscle since graduating from Capital High School in Charleston, W.Va.

Following the 2005 season, he will be eligible to transfer to a Division I college and accept a football scholarship. But it doesn't look like he will be coming to Ohio State.

"Since I've been at Mesabi, no one from Ohio State has contacted me," Scott said. "But if they call and say they want me, I'll come back."

Scott does not have any scholarship offers on the table, but says he is receiving strong interest from Wisconsin, Oregon and Washington. He also says he is on the right track academically and plans on transferring from Mesabi Range soon after the season ends.

"Whichever Division I school I go to after this season, I am going to enroll in mid-January," he said.

As for Darrion Scott, he was a third round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2004 and played a key role in their playoff run last year as a No. 3 defensive end.

"We hang out every weekend," Cedric said. "But he lives about two and a half hours away from me. I'm up in the northern part of the state."

Darrion Scott led Ohio State with 8.5 sacks during the national championship season of 2002. He was hobbled by injuries as a senior in 2003, but still showed enough skill to become a first day selection in the NFL draft.

* Mesabi Range is the same school that former OSU recruit Darius Hiley attended briefly.


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