Coaching, More Than Just the Game

Dunbar High School's Rashidi Scott has coached his fair share of stunner-athletes throughout his career, and strong safety Plevon Pryor is no exception. Pryor was in Columbia, S.C. back in late July for the Gamecocks’ showcase camp. The class of 2016 prospect has been hot on the recruiting trail, and Scott notes Pryor is more than just talent on the football field.

Scott has coached Pryor for two seasons and says leadership is certainly not something the strong safety lacks.

“The minute Plevon came through the doors of Dunbar High School, from the beginning, I knew he was a four/five star student athlete,” said Scott.

Pryor transferred from De’Matha High in Hyattsville, Maryland, where his talent was strong, but Dunbar has transformed the junior’s athleticism on the field.

Notching 78 tackles, 5 Sacks and 3 interceptions, the athlete not only performs well on the turf, but on the mat as well. Pryor is on the wrestling team and carried his squad to state last season.

Coach Scott notes the recruitment process begins for high school athletes freshman year, and academics play a pretty big part.

“Student-athletes must understand that maintaining a 3.2-3.5 or higher GPA is mandatory to ensure (they) will stay focused on school standards and expectations, with being a student athlete. Students are required to sign up for college tests such as the SAT and ACT , during all four years of high school.”

From a talent standpoint, Scott notes exposure is everything.

“Student athletes need to showcase their talent at various camps and showcases across the country to get the exposure that needs to be displayed. Each year, high school student-athletes get bigger, stronger and faster. Each off season, they should attend more than four to eight camps such as Under Armour, Nike Sparq Combine, Offense- Defense Camps, National Under Class-man (NUC) and ect.”

Scott’s coaching career began in the heart of Columbia, S.C. at Benedict College, where he was a student-assistant for the defensive coordinator during the 2006 season. He then moved back to his roots in Baltimore, Maryland and began his journey with Dunbar High school.

“Once I arrived at Dunbar, I knew this was traditional football,”
stated Scott.

This weekend was a special one for the high school. Dunbar had former three-time state champion quarterback William Crest, Jr. in the Alabama vs. West Virginia game on Saturday. Crest is noted be an extremely influential player in the future of the Mountaineers. This weekend, WVU looked very impressive against the highly-touted Crimson Tide, only taking a 33-23 loss in the season opener.

“In the last seven years, I had the pleasure of coaching over sixty-five Division I athletes, who received full scholarships to major Division I colleges and universities across the country.”

The Old Line State-native has traveled across the country and has had the opportunity to coach with many different colleges and universities in the SEC, ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Big East, Big South, MEAC, and SIAC.

Needless to say, Scott is no stranger to the recruitment process.

“I build the relationship with multiple different athletes and parents to ensure student-athletes would continue to stay focused and mentor them through the process.”

Coach Scott Q & A

What’s the best thing about coaching?
Having the ability of impacting student-athletes with a positive mind set to become great leaders in today’s society, being able to redirect student-athletes to life changing decisions and sending student-athletes to the next level of life to receive an education to support their families.
What’s your most memorable moment of your coaching career?
Each practice, every game, every off season, and having the ability to travel the country to watch former student-athletes play on college Saturday's and NFL Sunday's; it’s a humbling experience, along with five state championship rings in the last seven years; will always be memorable.

GamecockPride.com will keep you updated on Pryor and Dunbar’s program throughout the season.


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