Football has been a huge part of Austin Scott's life since he was born being the son of a football coach. The 6'1 190 pound quarterback prospect is one of the top prospects in the state's 2016 class and we caught up with him after a very strong sophomore campaign for the Spartanburg Vikings. That's why he's "UP NEXT" with SCPrepNation.com!
As a sophomore this past season Scott was the signal caller for the Spartanburg Vikings and he put together a solid year for coach Chris Miller's team.
"I had 202-356 for 2,639 yards passing with 28 passing touchdowns. I also ran for 5 touchdowns."
Looking back on his season Scott says one game in particular stood out as probably his best of the year.
"My best game was when I played against Wade Hampton because I threw for 6 touchdowns and ran for 1 touchdown. It was also because it was the same field my dad played on when he was in high school and was the head coach there for 7 years. I grew up there being a ball boy and it was just good to play like that against a school where I had so many memories."
Having good success as a sophomore in one of the toughest regions in the state a number of colleges are taking a closer look at Scott early on during his recruitment.
The 2016 prospect told us that a pair of schools have been recruiting him hardest at this point compared to others.
I'd say Tennessee and North Carolina are recruiting me the hardest! I've been to Tennessee's Junior Day and I'm going to UNC's later this month."
He talked about what he liked most about Knoxville checking out the Volunteers and their program.
"I really liked their facilities and the coaching staff was very friendly!"
With two more seasons ahead of him on the high school level Scott has plenty of time to continue to improve and develop. We asked him what areas he feels are his biggest strengths right now and what areas of his game he wants to improve on the most to get better moving towards his junior season next year.
"I'd say my biggest strengths are being able to read defenses and their fronts as well as their coverages. As a coaches son I have been around football all my life and I have been around a lot of film study. This is a strength for me in helping prepare for games."
"To get better I want to continue to working on my speed, quickness, and foot work!"
The Vikings had a strong first season under coach Chris Miller and the 2016 quarterback talked about what his goals are for the Vikings next year and also on a personal level.
"As for goals for the team, to win a state championship, develop a tough and committed team mentally! As for personal goals I want to be a better team leader, continue to break records at Spartanburg and at the state level, make All-Region and All-State, and lead my team to a state championship."
We asked the young signal caller if he had to compare his play at quarterback to just one player who would it be and why?
"Andrew Luck because of his knowledge of the game and decision making skills on the field. Also because of how he takes the leadership role of the team."
Although just a sophomore Scott already knows what he'll be looking at closely and what will be most important for him when it comes time to choose a college program.
"Academics first, then facilities, and coaching staff."
Currently Scott reports a 4.2 GPA in the classroom.
We'll keep you on top of things regarding Austin Scott's recruitment so make sure to check back with us on SCPrepNation.com for more updates with the state's top high school football and basketball prospects!
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...AUSTIN SCOTT
Bench press: 215 pounds
Squat: 335 pounds
Power clean: 225 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.7 seconds