Some players would be intimidated if they had to cover Logan Heastie, the #1 receiver in the '09 class, one-on-one. D.J. Scott is not one of those players. At the recent Badger Sport 7-on-7 camp held in Akron, Scott and his Maryland teammates defeated the West Virginia squad led by Heastie and quarterback Tahj Boyd. Scott had the challenge of defending Heastie, a challenge that he met and passed with flying colors.
"First I want to say it was a great experience going against Logan," he said. "He is a good player and I knew going into the game that I would be covering him and I was determined to bring my A game."
When asked what his game plan for Heastie was, Scott responded, "It was really no different than normal. I just decided to view it as another game. When I was in man coverage I jammed him at the line and made sure he didn't get a clean release and if we were in zone I just kept everything in front of me. I just played my game and I was able to prevent him from making any catches on me."
Scott has a variety of skills which make him such a great corner. "I have good hips and I am able to turn and swivel well. I also believe I have good make up speed and I am very aggressive. My hunger for the game is also very important. I just love to play and compete."
Between his excellent play in high school and his recent camp showing, it is very likely that Scott will see his college recruitment really heat up. "I have offers from BYU and Syracuse right now but I am getting heavy interest from Wake Forest, West Virginia, and Maryland. I am also starting to hear from Vanderbilt and Florida State."
Scott was able to make his first trip to Winston-Salem recently and he came away impressed. "Man it was real nice down at Wake," he noted. "The atmosphere, facilities, coaches, and players were all great. To be honest, I really didn't want to leave. When I got home I told my dad I could really see myself playing for Wake."
The interest seems to be mutual because Deacons have been recruiting Scott for some time now. "The Wake coaches have been up to my high school and talked with my coaches two or three times. They invited me to their junior day a while back but I couldn't come. I am also going to their camp in June so I can do some one-on-one work with the coaching staff."
When asked about a offer Scott said, "They haven't offered yet. When I was down there the coaches told me they had just received my highlight tape and were just starting to review it. The defensive back coach said he really liked my skills and versatility and that he was going to talk to the rest of the staff and be in touch with me. I am going down for the spring game in a few weeks so we'll see what happens."
At this point in his recruitment, Scott stated that Wake Forest, Florida State, West Virginia, and Syracuse were his favorites. He also made it clear he wanted to make a commitment as soon as possible so he can have the pressure off him and he can enjoy his summer and senior season.
With his terrific skills, great work ethic, and eagerness to meet a challenge, Scott has all the makings of a standout corner at the next level.