Scott Expands List of Favorites

The more things change the more they stay the same. That everyday adage sums up the curious recruiting case of Chris Scott, a top notch offensive lineman from Lovejoy, Ga, who will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 15.

Last week it appeared the chase was coming to a conclusion for the 6-foot-4, 315-pound prize prospect, who is rated No. 10 in the nation among all offensive linemen according to Scout.com. After all he had narrowed his choices to Tennessee and LSU which appeared to give the Vols an edge since Tigers head coach Nick Saban had announced he was leavng Baton Rouge to accept the Miami Dolphins head coaching position.

Just when it looked like Scott's decision could come be imminent, he indicated Monday he has not only decided to retain LSU as a finalist, he's also added Florida to his list of three favorites. That's gives him two schools that made coaching changes in the last 30 days along with Tennessee which has only had two head coaches in the last 28 years.

"These coaching changes have affected me to be honest," Scott told Scout.com's Chad Simmons. "Coach Zook affected me a little and Coach Saban leaving has affected me a little more than I thought it would. He is just one of those type of coaches."

Although Scott doesn't list any school as his leader he does admit that UT's coaching continuity is in a strong factor in the Vols' favor.

"I would say LSU, Tennessee and Florida are my top three right now," he said. "Georgia is not all the way out of it, but they are fourth right now.

"I am not ready to name them my leader, but I do like the stability at Tennessee. Coach Fulmer and that staff is very stable and they look to be heading in the right direction and should be very good over the next few years."

Scott plans to visit Gainesville this weekend and will probably make his decision later rather than sooner, a fact that will give the new staffs and LSU and Florida a chance to make their case.

"It looks like it is going to be closer to signing day before I make up my mind now," he told Simmons. "I wanted to get it over with earlier, but after taking this time and thinking about things, it looks like it will be a while before my decision is made."

The watch and the wait continues.


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