SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Senior Syracuse (N.Y.) Liverpool running back Jaydakis Scott has divison one talent. That is quite clear when you watch him play. On Saturday, he led his Warriors squad to their first section title in 17 years, running for 228 yards and four touchdowns.
"It's an amazing feeling," Scott said. "We're a great team. CBA, they played good. We just beat them. I'm just so proud, man. I"m at a loss for words right now."
The joy on his face after the game concluded was evident. His performance likely put a smile on scouts' faces as well.
In the fourth quarter, with the game still in question, Scott ran for touchdowns on back to back carries. The first, from 42 yards out, showed his burst. Scott exploded through the hole, ran through an arm tackle and he pulled away once he hit the second level.
"My line, they just blocked it," Scott said. "I just go off my line and make a play."
The second was a 40 yarder on a toss. Once Scott got to the outside, he showed patience, found his hole, eluded a tackler and powered straight ahead. A tackler turned him around, leaving his back facing the end zone. That was no matter to Scott, who kept his legs moving, spun back around out of a tackle, maintained his balance and outran the CBA secondary into the end zone.
"From there, I knew it was over right there," Scott said. "It's just so shocking. I knew we were going to make it here. I knew it because of the team we had. It's just still shocking though."
Scott says he currently has offers from Buffalo and Rhode Island. Other schools showing interest include Albany, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Mississippi State and the hometown team Syracuse. He currently does not have any favorites, nor a timeframe for his decision.
It is posssible that Scott will choose to go the prep route if he does not have an offer he wants to accept. Scott is an interesting prospect, and one that could generate significantly more interest should he receive more exposure at a prep school. The prep route would also protect his college eligiblity.