HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Central Dauphin senior Drew Scales was told by Penn State's staff he might earn a scholarship offer -- or he might be asked to walk-on as a slot receiver.
They're not yet sure, but the shifty Scales didn't mind the wait-and-see approach. He doesn't plan on changing anything.
"It's no pressure, no pressure at all," he said, smiling. "I love the game, and I'm going to play either way -- whether they're not going to offer me indefinitely or whether they do offer me. I'm just going to play the same way."
Penn State assistant Larry Johnson called Scales last Thursday to let him know the staff finally evaluted his film. And they liked what they saw; they envision him as a slot receiver in the mold of Wes Welker.
"Took long enough," Scales said with a laugh. "He said they liked my film and, since the situation with them losing scholarships is pretty big, they could still possibly have an offer for me -- but he might prefer me to be a preferred walk-on.
"They told me to just keep doing what I do, and we'll see how it goes."
Two days after that phone call, Scales took the field against cross-town rival Harrisburg and boasted his best performance of the season. He earned a spot on RecruitingNation's top performers list by excelling on offense, defense and special teams.
He rushed 33 times for 148 yards and two touchdowns. He also recovered two fumbles, forced one fumble, returned an interception for a touchdown and blocked the go-ahead field goal in overtime.
"That's what he's been doing all year. Honestly," Central Dauphin coach Glenn McNamee said. "You can watch the films or talk to people, he's been doing that all year."
The two-way starter is also generating interest from Navy and Temple, but Penn State seems like the most promising destination. He's visited Happy Valley several times with one of his best friends, three-star athlete Zayd Issah, who's also debating a recommitment to the Nittany Lions.
The two will visit during the Penn State-Ohio State contest on Oct. 27.
"I just like everything about it -- the environment, playing in front of my hometown, restoring the roar," he said.
The 5-foot-8, 175-pound athlete wasn't certain what his next move might be if PSU offers him a preferred walk-on position and he garners a scholarship at an FCS school. He's not leaning one way or the other right now.
Like Penn State, he's just waiting and watching -- and hoping.