College coaches will do a lot of things to make a recruit feel at home. For 2013 quarterback Brayden Scott (Tahlequah, Okla./Sequoyah), it was seeing an Oklahoma Sooners jersey ready for him to wear at OU’s junior day last Saturday.
But the good vibes between Scott and the Sooners started well before that gesture. They started when he arrived on campus. Despite not wearing a name tag, Scott said OU coach Bob Stoops asked him how he was doing.
“That’s Bob Stoops, and he knows my name," Scott said. "That was cool."
Scott, 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, is becoming a familiar name around the OU campus. After having never attended a Sooners game, he went to back-to-back games in 2011.
He wasn’t around campus much in the past but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t know the coaches. Scott said he has no better coaching relationship than the one he has with OU quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel. The two have been talking since Scott was in eighth grade, and the relationship goes beyond coach-to-player.
Saturday was just another chance for the two to spend more time with each other and they talked for nearly two hours. Scott was not offered by Oklahoma and declined to comment further on when or if that offer was coming.
“We talked about our plan and our timeline, but I promised that what we said would stay between us,” Scott said. “I’m honored to even be considered as a quarterback for OU.”
Scott wasn’t the only big-time quarterback on campus as fellow ESPNU Watch List signal-caller Tyrone Swoopes (Whitewright, Texas/Whitewright) was also there.
The two have different games on the field and also couldn’t be more different off the field. Scott is known for his loud personality and is never afraid to talk. Swoopes was a recruit of few words, Scott said. He enjoyed the little interaction he had with Swoopes, and Scott said he definitely understands why OU is interested in the dual-threat quarterback.
Scott’s journey is far from over. As active as he was during the season making unofficial visits, he plans on being that active for junior days.
He has been to OU and Oklahoma State and has Arkansas coming up this weekend. He would like to attend junior days at Alabama, Tennessee, Nebraska, Florida State and Texas Tech if he can. He has offers from Arkansas, Alabama and Clemson, among several others.
“I want to experience as much as possible,” Scott said. “I know there are camps coming up, too, and I’m going to try to make sure I’m available for those as well.”
From there, Scott said he is looking forward to visiting some spring practices, especially with the Sooners.
OU is starting to feel like home for Scott. He said seeing all the trophies and seeing that jersey with the “Sooners” on the front made him realize what he can accomplish if he does choose OU.
“Every time I leave that place, I feel something special,” Scott said. “I see all the people that have been there before. Adrian Peterson, Jason White, Sam Bradford, seeing those pictures in the hallway makes me want to be there, too.”