In a state loaded with talent, the Bulls have had a penchant for finding relatively unknown players that have slipped under the radar. This year one of those players is Melbourne Central Catholic athlete Rashawn Scott.
"My spring is going pretty good, I've been training hard, lifting, working on catching the football and everything," said Scott. "We won our spring game, and I scored on a 40-yard reverse and also had 4 catches for around 100 yards."
Scott is a 6-foot-2, 198 pound senior that excelled on both sides of the ball while helping lead MCC to an 11-1 record and reaching the regional quarterfinals in 2009. On defense he recorded 62 tackles, 5 forced fumbles, 1 interception and a defensive score, and on offense he hauled in 39 catches for 901 yards and 12 touchdowns, earning First team All-State receiver for Class 1A, and named All-Treasure Coast.
"I'm athletic, I have good speed, I can jump, and I can play on either side of the ball at either receiver or safety," said Scott. "I really don't have a preference, I just want to play ball."
After his performance last season Scott really isn't an under-the radar type player as plenty of schools have come by this spring and extended offers.
"I have 12 scholarship offers right now," said Scott. "Some of the schools I have offers from are West Virginia, Michigan State, USF, Memphis, Bowling Green, Illinois, FAU, and Illinois State. I'll have to check with my coach for the rest."
It's early in the recruiting process, but with the spring evaluation period now over and 12 offers in hand, Scott says he has several early favorites that stand out to him at this time.
"I say right now its USF, West Virginia, and Michigan State" said Scott. "Those are the three schools that are sticking out to me right now," said Scott.
"With WVU and MSU, I have family up there and I may want to get out of Florida because I'm from New Jersey and don't mind the cold, and it doesn't bother me, said Scott. "USF is closer to my home family, and they could come to my games more often."
Scott talks about what makes USF stick out as one of his early favorites.
"With USF, I've got a couple of friends that go there and I've been there so much, and visited them so many times, and talk with the staff so much, that I'm familiar with them," said Scott. "I've also been to a couple of games, and seen them on TV."
"I been to the football stadium, and seen the practice fields and the football facility, It's all real nice and they're about to build a new dining hall and practice fields, they're doing a lot over there, "I haven't walked around the campus yet, but I'll probably go back at another time to do that."
Besides having friends at USF Scott has also been to USF to visit the coaching staff and has developed a relationship with them.
"I've also been there to visit the coaches and talk to them a lot," said Scott. "I talk to Coach Peter Vaas, and the receiver coach Phil McGeoghan, but I talk to coach Vaas my recruiting coordinator a lot. I like the coaching staff a lot."
Scott also attended USF's spring game, and since the Bulls are recruiting him at receiver, he got to see up close what the Bulls offense with B.J. Daniels and the receivers looked like up close.
"The game was pretty good, but I mainly went there to check out B.J. Daniels and the receivers," said Scott. "I got to watch B.J. Daniels closely, he's pretty good, and I like him a lot. I like the receivers also, especially Dontavia Bogan. When I left he had a 3 TDs and a couple of hundred yards. I like how they ran the offense a lot."
The standout athlete talked about what he'll be looking for most when choosing the college he'll be playing at.
"One of the main things I look at is if they are a passing team because I'm a receiver," said Scott. "I also want to make sure they have a good quarterback there as well."
Scott said that it's not the most important thing but he does pay attention to team's depth charts and the chance of playing early.
"I'm not focusing on it, but I'd love to play my first year," said Scott. "MSU said they need safeties and are telling me I could start the first year. West Virginia has a couple of receivers, I think 7 or 8, and USF has a lot of seniors this year, so they told me I'd have a possible shot at starting early, and that be great."
The All-state receiver says he still setting up his summer visit schedule, but plans on going to several camps.
"I'll be setting my schedule this weekend. I know I'll be going to the West Virginia camp, and Michigan State, the rest I'm still working on. I don't know if I'll go to USF because I've already been there a lot."
Scott said right now he doesn't have a timeframe for when he'll make his choice,
"No, I' don't have a time set. I'm probably going wait until after my season," said Scott. "I'm going to narrow it down and take my visits and see how the schools are."
In the classroom Scoot carries a 2.5 GPA and hasn't taking a placement test yet.
Watch his highlights here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1C_gnvqxvYw
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