New Duck Wants to Work With Kids

Wide receiver Terence Scott, 6-0, 170, 4.38, College of the Canyons, made his decision to become an Oregon Duck last weekend. Scott will be coming to Oregon as soon as he finishes up at the junior college and has some impressive aspirations for his future.

"He absolutely loved his trip to Oregon," said Scott's good friend and Big Brother, Steve Kruger. "He went ahead and committed on his trip."

Kruger first met Scott when Terence was nine years old through the Big Brother Program. Since then the two have been great friends and Kruger considers Scott part of his family.

"He's like my brother," Kruger said of Scott.

Scott started his football career off at Central High School in Knoxville (Tenn.) and was a cornerback for most of his career. During his senior season he switched over to wide receiver and fell in love with the position. He received interest from the University of Tennessee and Marshall, but many programs kept their distance because of his academic situation that was impacted by a learning disability.

When it became clear that Scott was not going to be academically qualified for college, a coach on the Tennessee staff Greg Adkins, made some phone calls on behalf of Terence to College of the Canyons and it turned out to be the right place for Scott.

Since attending the College of the Canyons, Scott has maintained at least a 3.0 GPA and is on track to complete the requirements for an Associate's degree. This is a great accomplishment for someone that had to overcome some hurdles in life and Scott would like to give back by working with kids, perhaps as a teacher.

On the gridiron Scott was very productive having a 1,000-yard year during his junior campaign while racking up 995 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior. His hard work paid off as all the Pac-10 came calling along with many other Division I programs last summer. When things really starting to get serious, Scott narrowed his choices down between schools that throw the ball a lot -- Oregon, California, USC and Washington State. When Dennis Erickson joined Arizona State, the Sun Devils jumped into the picture. One other program that held Scott's attention was San Diego State. Perhaps one of the reasons was that Scott became a friend with Eric Parker of the San Diego Chargers, and a former Volunteer of Tennessee. Parker and Scott worked out together and talk often with each other.

Does that mean Scott has NFL aspirations someday? He does according to Kruger, and that is a good thing to have a high goal, but it is also tempered by the fact Scott wants his education too.

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