Junior quarterback Brayden Scott (Tahlequah, Okla./Sequoyah) has no problems admitting it. He is not ashamed to say he had tunnel vision regarding recruiting. His No. 1 choice was Oklahoma. His No. 2? Well, that’s what Scott is trying to determine now.
It has been an eventful couple of months for Scott. He understood his place on the totem pole when it came to OU’s quarterback situation. Four-star prospect Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) was OU’s first choice. When Browne chose USC, it opened the door for Scott and others with the Sooners.
Scott didn’t hear it from online reports or from rumors. He heard it from OU quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel the night it happened.
“That was first class. I respect [Heupel] so much for doing something like that,” Scott said. “That showed me we have a relationship that goes beyond football.”
Scott said when one door closes, another one opens. Or several as was the case at one practice recently. Coaches from Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Tulsa, Memphis, Louisiana-Monroe, Kansas, Houston and Arizona State were all at practice to watch Scott
He said it didn’t change the way he practiced, but after the workout it was a new experience. Scott said he didn’t know any other way to do it than go from left to right and shake everybody’s hand.
“I wanted to make sure I didn’t forget anybody,” Scott said. “That was a fun experience seeing all those coaches there.”
Scott, who is 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, has around 15 offers. He said schools like Houston and Arizona State have really surprised him with their level of interest. Things are not slowing down, either, as Kansas and Arkansas State each offered late last week.
Scott has also been intrigued by Memphis. He will get a chance to check out the Memphis campus in two weeks when he will be in town for a Nike Football Training Camp event in the area.
Scott said he was obviously initially disappointed about not getting the OU offer, but it also felt like a big weight was being taken off his shoulders. And it’s his motivation.
“I’m in the weight room more than I’ve ever been. I’m always working to get better,” Scott said. “I was focused on OU and now I can look at a lot of other schools. And there are some good ones.”
One in particular is Arkansas. With his mother living in Fayetteville, Ark., it seems like a natural fit. With the recent coaching changes with the Razorbacks, however, Scott said he is not 100 percent sure where he stands.
He hopes to clear up the situation soon.
For now, though, Scott’s focus is on football and being the leader for his Tahlequah Sequoyah team. While he has always been the vocal leader, now he also has the seniority.
“I’m the ‘old guy’ now,” Scott said. “It is weird how fast high school has flown by. I only have one more year left. I’m going to make the most of it.”
Along with the Memphis NFTC event, Scott also plans on participating in the Elite 11 QB regional camp in Las Vegas. Scott has already participated in the Elite 11 event in Atlanta but he did not receive an invite to the Elite 11 finals.