Gerard Martinez

Michigan joins Georgia and Oklahoma in pursuit of USC four-star linebacker commit Raymond Scott

USC is giving four-star linebacker commit Raymond Scott a wide berth as several schools push to get him on campus this summer.

Harbor City (Calif.) four-star linebacker Raymond Scott was one of USC’s first commitments in the 2018 class, but he continues to keep the door open in his recruitment. 

Oklahoma and Georgia have been two schools featured promptly among is college options, but recently, another school made a lasting impression on Scott. 

“Michigan recently came by the school,” said Scott. “They offered me early on during my junior year, but I haven’t talked to them very much until now. I’m going to talk more with them.

“I have a few visits I’m planning on taking over the summer, but I have to get some dates together. Michigan is one of those schools I might take a visit to. Oklahoma, Georgia and maybe Michigan. 

“The Oklahoma coach came out and so did Coach (Keith) Heyward from Oregon as well. I talk to Coach (Mike) Stoops a lot at Oklahoma and he wants me to come check it out over there this summer. Not too many coaches have been by, but more are scheduled to come in the next couple of weeks.”

Last month, Scott took an unofficial visit to USC to watch the Trojans' spring practice. 

“They looked healthy,” said Scott. “I went to their spring practice before their spring game. They should be good this year. 

“They lose some good players, but they also have some up-and-coming stars on the team.”

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Scott remains in contact with USC through linebacker coach Johnny Nansen. While other schools push to sway Scott from his commitment to USC, the Trojans' coaching staff has been content with the 6-foot-2, 220-pound four-star looking around. 

“They told me I should respect the process and look at all of my options,” said Scott. “They told me to figure out what is best for me and my future. 

“I have a great relationship with the USC coaches and they’ve been respectful. They want me to enjoy what’s coming to me. I’m just making my list, but I’ve had good communication with the USC coaches throughout.”

Scott has several reasons why he would hypothetically stay committed to USC. 

“The academics and academic support are really good at USC,” said Scott. “They have a lot of people up there that help you with your classes. 

“They have good classes in my major and they work with you. The support staff at USC builds you up for the future. So academics, the family atmosphere, and the relationships I’ve built with the coaches since the beginning are things I like. 

“They respected me and have given me time to go trough the process. It’s just a great vibe up there at USC.”

Although Scott has constant communication with the Trojans' coaching staff, his exact position among the linebacking corps. has not been determined. 

“I haven’t talked to them about a specific position and they haven’t given me one,” said Scott. “We talk about my impact on the whole defense. 

“It doesn’t matter what position they play me at. I’ll give my 100-percent at any position the put me at.”

Having said that, Scott does see himself possibility fitting in the best at one particular position. 

“I probably see myself in the middle,” said Scott. “Just working against the run, I think that would be a good fit for me, but it’s whatever. Wherever they put me is fine.”


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