If you remember part of Rodney Dangerfield's most famous "No Respect" bit the comedian used the catchphrase throughout the routine. 2016 Spartanburg quarterback Austin Scott showed fans, opponents, and college coaches that he deserves plenty of respect after rewriting the record books at Spartanburg High while leading the Vikings back to glory in winning this year's AAAA Division 2 state championship. We caught up with the 6'2 195 pound signal caller on Sunday to talk about his recruitment and daunting schedule that he's got lined up in hopes of earning not only more respect, but some additional scholarship offers.
So what was it like for Scott to lead the Vikings to another state championship improving as the season went on down the stretch?
"It was a great experience. I knew we had the potential to go all the way if we just continued to get better each week and believe in our coaches. It is a humbling experience to be one of a few quarterbacks at Spartanburg High to win a state championship. I am glad I got to do it with my dad (offensive coordinator Rick Scott) and coach Miller."
As we talked about earlier Scott broke a number of records this season and he recapped some of those numbers from this season and his career totals as well to show exactly how prolific he's been during his time under center for the Vikings.
"I threw for 4,401 yards and 52 passing touchdowns this season. I also had 7 rushing touchdowns."
For his career Scott has the following school records: 6,771 career passing yards, 7,040 career offensive yards, 4,401 passing yards in a season, 78 career passing touchdowns, 52 passing touchdowns in a season, and 89 total career touchdowns.
When you relect on some of the talented prospects who've come from the school over the years it is clear that Scott is amongst elite company.
Looking back on his junior season we asked Scott which game in particular stood out to him as the one he'd consider his very best of the year?
He replied, "I would have to say the South Florence game to get to state. I was 15-23 for 340 yards and 6 touchdowns."
Since season's end after winning the state championship a number of schools are starting to step up their interest in the talented signal caller.
"I've picked up offers from Newberry and SC State so far, I'm hoping more offers will come too."
So who may be the very next to offer Austin Scott?
"I'd say maybe Mercer and Wake Forest."
Who else is in the mix as of late?
"Kentucky, Wake Forest, Georgia, North Carolina, Duke, and Mercer have been on me since we won state. Out of those I'd say Wake Forest, Mercer, and North Carolina are recruiting me the hardest right now."
The prolific passer will log some serious miles in the next few months too he says, "I'll go to Junior Days with Mercer February 14th, Georgia on the 21st, Wake Forest on the 28th, North Carolina on March 7th, and South Carolina on March 21st."
Scott says that his ability to read defenses, footwork, and arm strength improved the most during the course of this past season and he also shared with us some areas he'll key on to improve this off season.
"I want to show college coaches that I am a winner and that I would fit good for their program. That I'm a leader on and off the field. I want to improve my ability to extend plays and continue to work on my footwork to get even better."
For now Scott's plan is to likely wait until it gets closer to National Signing Day 2016 next year so he can fully weigh his options. He currently reports a 4.1 GPA in the classroom.
We'll have more updates with Austin Scott after he takes some Junior Day visits or lands more offers so keep it right here with SCPrepNation.com! We'll also have HD game and season highlights of Scott in action during his championship and record breaking season for the Vikings. For now check out some of the awards he received below and find out how to follow us on Twitter for more of the best recruiting coverage when it comes to the state's top high school prospects here in South Carolina.
- State Offensive Player Of The Year
- 2-time Spartanburg Herald Journal Player Of The Week
- All-Region Selection
- All-State Selection
- Spartanburg Herald Journal Co-Offensive Player Of The Year
- Named Community Captain Award winner by the Carolina Panthers
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