Raymond Scott is already one of the more impressive and physical players in the 2018 class. The outside linebacker prospect stands 6-foot-2 and weighs in at 220 pounds.
His Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne High School head coach Manuel Douglas has been predicting he will be an All-American since Scott first entered high school. His play has backed that up as he made 140 tackles, including 101 solo stops, with six sacks and a 65-yard interception return for a touchdown to help Narbonne to a state title his sophomore year to build on a 53-tackle freshman campaign.
Scott picked up his fourth scholarship offer last month, but this one meant a little more. It was from the school he grew up wishing to attend — USC.
“It was great. It was very surprising. Like it's always been my dream school, so I was very honored at that moment to take that in,” Scott said. “Coach Tee Martin told me, ‘We'd like to offer you.' I was just overwhelmed. It was a great feeling.”
“It was always my dream school. It's like a home to me. That's what really interests me in USC.”
With nearly two years before his National Signing Day, Scott has a long way to go in the process and is still considering other schools. He wants to be respectful of Syracuse, who presented him with his very first offer, and give the Orange a hard look.
“I was kind of looking into them. They have a good program. I like how they do their stuff, so I'm looking forward to visiting Syracuse.”
He doesn’t have any other visits currently planned for the offseason, but Scott recently tripped to the USC campus for the Elite Trojan Day.
“They showed us around campus. I enjoyed it and I got to meet [Jonny Nansen,] the linebackers coach. I like the way, the style he coaches. It's similar to what we do at my school so I see a very good comparison to SC.”
The unofficial visit wasn’t really an in-depth recruiting trip, but more of a meet-and-greet, according to Scott. It was more of an opportunity to get to know the coaches than to sit and talk position specifics or potential depth charts
But the Trojans have told Scott they are interested in him as an outside linebacker.
“They think I fit perfectly at that position. That's something I'll really have to think about.”