Eye-Opening Offer for RB Scott

The Class of 2014 prospect, now from Virginia, has gained the attention of a Big Ten heavy hitter. Get the lowdown right here.

Fairfax (Va.) High running back Nicholas Scott was concerned moments before he had the opportunity to speak with Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien Thursday afternoon. But no, he wasn't scared of the first-year head coach.

Rather, it was Fairfax head coach Kevin Simonds that had the junior running back on edge.

“I walked out of my A.P. English class, and my coach was standing outside the door and was like, 'Come with me,' in a super serious tone,” Scott said. “I was kind of freaked out when we walked into the office. But then he got on the phone and handed it to me, and it was head coach Bill O'Brien, and he offered me a scholarship.”

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound running back's journey to Fairfax was a long one. Born in Lancaster, Pa., Scott moved to Massachusetts as a child when his father, who was finishing his education, was accepted at Harvard.

From a football perspective, Scott eventually began to make a name for himself at Brookline (Mass.) High. As a sophomore in 2011, he helped the program to a 4-7 record, its best mark in 13 years.

But then his dad landed a job in Washington, D.C. The move has produced nothing but positives for the Class of 2014 back, both on and off the field.

“I'm not sure if any of these colleges would be looking at me if I was still in Boston,” said Scott said, who also has an offer from Boston College. “I was never really against moving down here. The guys here, I love them already. The level of competition down here and the guys on my team are just making me a better football player and person.”

His shifty speed out of the backfield is something that caught the eye of O'Brien and the staff, and the head coach related to him his thoughts about how Scott could fit into the PSU offense.

“Coach told me he could see me in the backfield, of course, but also out in the screen game,” Scott said. “He said he can see me in the backfield there, and just told me about how important academics are because football doesn't last forever. I appreciate that a lot.”

While his role on the gridiron is important, so is the relationship he's beginning to build with his Penn State recruiting coach, assistant Larry Johnson.

“Coach Johnson just started getting in contact with me through letters and stuff two weeks ago, and that alone made me surprised to get the offer so soon, because with Boston College it took a couple months,” Scott said. “I didn't know they could decide that soon. But the thing that was so important to me was that Coach Johnson took the time to send me handwritten letters with his signature on it. After so many letters with scanned and copied signatures, that was sort of special.”

Scott will take his time deciding anything in his recruitment. He'll head to Alabama this weekend for an unofficial visit. He'll check out Happy Valley this season if he and his parents can get their schedules meshed.

“I grew up a Penn State fans with my brothers and dad, so I always loved Penn State,” Scott said. “But I want to take my recruitment slow and do all my research and start really looking at schools. I want to try to make it to Penn State if my parents' aren't too busy.”

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