Having seen the Spartanburg Vikings multiple times in-person last season we initially went in looking at highly rated running back Tavien Feaster and quarterback Austin Scott but one guy who really caught our eye each time was 2016 wide receiver Tavaris Scott. The 6'1 208 pound prospect was one of their go to guys and he proved to us that he's definitely one of the top wide receivers in a loaded 2016 class here in the Palmetto State.
We had the chance to see Scott again recently at the 2015 Elite Position Training Football Skills Showcase last month. The invitation only event pitted the state's best prospects against each other after training early in the showcase. Could Scott make big plays and catches against a highly talented group of defensive backs is what we were interested to see?
As the day went on Scott proved that he can absolutely get it done against top flight cornerbacks on a consistent basis just as he did this past season for the Vikings en route to the AAAA Division 2 state championship. Proof positive that our evaluation and thoughts about him last season were correct.
The talented wide receiver shared with us some record breaking numbers that he put up this past season for his team.
"I had 68 catches for 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns. I tied the school record for most receiving touchdowns and I broke the school record for most receiving yards in a season too. I was named All-Region and All-State."
Scott talked about the game he felt was his very best during his junior season.
"My best game was against Boiling Springs. I had 10 catches for 200 yards and 3 touchdowns. That's the most touchdowns and catches I've had in one game so far."
When asked to share his strengths and areas he'd like to improve upon he had this to say, "I feel that I'm real good at catching the ball. Like if the ball touches my hands nine times out of ten I'm going to catch it. I also feel like by me being so big that it helps me to gain some extra yards after the catch. To get better I really want to work on improving my blocking and to just get faster."
Considering his body of work we are highly surprised that Scott hasn't picked up any scholarship offers yet. There are however some schools who are taking a look he says.
Scott says one of those schools very well could be his first offer he feels possibly.
"Yeah I feel like Ohio may be my first offer. Along with them I would say that Kennesaw State is also recruiting me pretty hard compared to the rest right now."
The 6'1 208 pound prospect says he definitely plans on camping with some schools this off season but he has yet to decide on which ones he'll attend.
Having won a state championship and being an integral part of that success we asked Scott what it felt to obtain the dream of every high school football player and what it will take for his Vikings squad to repeat the feat next season.
"It was a hard job to pull off. We had to work real hard to win it. For us to win state again, we will have to work extra hard because teams are gonna be aiming for us. It's like we've got a target on our backs."
Being a big receiver we asked the 2016 prospect who he compares his game to and why?
The record breaking All-State receiver also knows what factors he'll look at closely when assessing potential college destinations and he shared them with us.
"I'm going to look to see how many players are there at my position and how many that are coming in. I'm also going to look at their style of play like are they a passing team or a running team. I want to also make sure I get along with the coaches real well. I'll make sure they have my major so I will not have to make a last minute decision on changing it."
Scott says he recently took the ACT and hasn't received his test scores yet and that he'll be taking the SAT on June 6th.
Definitely one of the state's most underrated prospects we anticipate things to pick up in a hurry for him regarding his recruitment as his film continues to circulate. College coaches will love what they see and the potential he brings to the table as a weapon in a passing offense. Stay tuned here on SCPrepNation.com for more updates with Tavaris Scott and other top high school football prospects here in South Carolina.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...TAVARIS SCOTT
Bench press: 220 pounds
Squat: 365 pounds
Power clean: 265 pounds
Fastest 40: 4.62 seconds
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