Injured Scott Focused On Season

The Ohio State/Glenville pipeline has been well established, and the next player to possibly flow to Columbus is wide receiver Cordale Scott. As he battles a shoulder injury this season, Scott discusses the season, Glenville alumni he keeps in touch with and which schools might be near the top of his list.

He could sign autographs, but catching passes was out of the realm of possibilities for Cordale Scott on Friday.

The four-star wide receiver prospect from Cleveland Glenville was forced to sit out his team's 50-0 conference victory over John Adams after suffering a separated shoulder two weeks prior. The 6-3, 200-pound Scott suffered the injury in a 27-12 road loss against Cincinnati St. Xavier.

He played the following week during a 46-0 victory against Lincoln West, but was held out of the team's fifth game to give him some time to heal.

"I lowered my shoulder on a kick return late in the game," he told of the game against St. X. "It really didn't hurt too bad until after the game when I tried to take my pads off. Last week when I caught a touchdown pass I fell on it and it hurt real bad, so Coach (Ted) Ginn (Sr.) said to sit out this week."

Instead of taking part in the game against John Adams, then, Scott fulfilled his captain duties from the sideline. At halftime, he took the time to sign a few autographs for fans.

Scott said he was voted as a team captain this season by his teammates, but he was named a captain as a junior by Ginn.

The honor is not lost on him.

"I was the only junior captain, so that was a big honor," he said. "That really means something when you're a Glenville captain. It was an honor because a four-year senior being able to lead my team, everybody looks to me to say something every time."

His coach described Scott as a natural leader.

"I think that Cordale did a great job as a leader because he's mature and things like that," Ginn said. "Sometimes being a captain and being a top recruit becomes problems for kids, and that's a hard job to do. You've got to walk a certain way and you've got to carry yourself a certain way and you've got to perform and then you've got everybody looking up at you to do something to win a game. A lot of times that's a lot of pressure."

As a junior, Scott recorded 20 receptions for around 500 yards and 11 touchdowns as well as eight interceptions while serving as a quarterback, wide receiver and safety. This year he is concentrating on wideout and strong safety, although he prefers to line up wide because it enables him "to be a playmaker."

Although Scott is not focusing on the recruiting process right now, the recruiting process is focusing on him: He said he receives about 40 letters a day from different colleges.

"It makes me feel blessed, because nobody knew a kid would go this far to get this many letters like that," he said. "Some people get one letter, two letters – I get 40 letters. I'm just blessed to take advantage of every opportunity that I can get."

When asked which former Glenville players he keeps in touch with, Scott listed Bryant Browning, Ray Small, Robert Rose and Ted Ginn Jr. – all current or former Buckeyes.

They do not necessarily try to sell him on OSU, however.

"They're just friends; Glenville friends," he said. "You don't really think about Ohio State when I'm talking to them. We just talk about life, how it's going down there."

As for advice, Scott said they tell him to "just have fun. It's your senior year, so take advantage of it because you're never going to get anything like it any more. It's been fun. We still have a long way to go, but I think it's going to get more fun."

Scott said he plans to take official visits when his season ends, but he did take an unofficial visit to Columbus for the Northwestern game. Although he denied having a favorite right now, Scott listed some of his top schools.

"Just briefly I'd say Illinois, Ohio State, Florida, USC, Wisconsin, Iowa, there's a lot," he said. "I really haven't made a decision."

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