Brayden Scott: 'I hope I'm the next guy'

Wednesday night wasn’t just a big occasion for quarterback Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline). It was a huge night for anybody who could be considered on Oklahoma’s short list for quarterback in the 2013 class.

One of the top names is Brayden Scott (Tahlequah, Okla./Sequoyah). Upon hearing the news of Browne’s commitment to USC, Scott responded in a text message, “Dang!!!”

It wasn’t a message of disappointment but more of excitement about what could potentially happen in the near future for Scott with the Sooners. He has had a great relationship with OU quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel since he was in eighth grade, but the interest had gone to another level in the last nine months.

Scott is 6-foot-2, 200 pounds and one of only two in-state players on the ESPNU Watch List.

He has been a frequent visitor to the OU campus in the last year after having never been there before. He saw two games, was there for junior day and visited one more time last Friday.

With Browne’s announcement, he is now hoping he will make several more trips to OU.

“I hope I’m the next guy. This makes me feel very confident about OU,” Scott said. “But just because Max committed to USC doesn’t mean I’m the next guy. I don’t know that. Only the big guy [OU head coach Bob Stoops] knows that.”

Scott said he understood the Sooners' recruiting approach toward the quarterback position. Browne was certainly OU’s No. 1 target, but Scott never took it personal. Now he hopes to get one step closer toward getting an OU offer.

“I hope this opens more doors for me,” Scott said. “I’m still in the waiting game, but I’ve moved forward in it. I’m happy for Max Browne and his decision.”

The one thing Scott said he won’t do is contact Heupel this weekend. Scott said Heupel has enough things on his mind and he will wait to see if Heupel tries to get in touch with Scott’s father, Tahlequah Sequoyah coach Brent Scott.

“Hopefully OU is now a reality but you never know,” Scott said. “This was a big night. There are a lot of other schools out there, too, though. Like I said, a lot more doors might have been opened for me.”

Browne’s decision isn’t changing Scott’s plans for this weekend. He is still heading to Arkansas for an unofficial visit. Scott has an offer from the Razorbacks and they are one of his top choices.