If quarterback Brayden Scott (Tahlequah, Okla./Sequoyah) doesn’t get an Oklahoma offer, it won’t be because of a lack of effort.
Scott, 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, was the first of OU’s remaining quarterback targets to receive an in-person evaluation by the Sooners. OU quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel stopped by Sequoyah-Tahlequah Friday afternoon to watch Scott workout with his team and stayed for more than three hours.
“We did everything you can think of when it comes to being a quarterback,” Scott said. “We did three-step, five-step, seven-step drops, throwing on the run, hitting stationary targets. Any and everything.”
He also benched 225 pounds 10 times and took a little break to show off his athleticism by dunking basketballs in the school gym.
Scott didn’t earn an OU offer Friday, but he said he is not worried about what the future holds. It is believed Heupel is going to watch all the quarterback finalists before making his decision and he is expected to watch Kelly Hilinski (Sherman Oaks, Calif./Notre Dame) in early May.
Scott said getting an opportunity to throw in a competitive environment at the Elite 11 QB regional camp in Atlanta the week before made him more in sync for Heupel’s visit.
“It definitely helped because I threw really well in front of him,” Scott said. “That was one of my better days, and it couldn’t have happened at a better time.”
Scott said he finished in the top 10 of the Elite 11 regional and will also be attending an Elite 11 regional event in Las Vegas on June 16. The goal remains the same for Scott, who hopes to earn the invite to the finals in July.
He also wants to be done with his recruitment by the Las Vegas event. Scott declined to comment on most of the conversation he had with Heupel because he promised Heupel he wouldn’t say anything.
One thing Scott didn’t get answered was the timetable on when a decision will be made.
“I really want to know and wanted to ask, but I didn’t just want to throw it out there. There was no way to sneak it in, either, but that’s OK,” Scott said. “I’ll just be ready.”
And as much as Scott is hoping an OU offer is just around the corner, he won't have much downtime to contemplate things.
One of Scott’s first offers was from Arkansas. Despite former coach Bobby Petrino being fired and replaced by John L. Smith, Scott said he still considers the Razorbacks as one of his favorites. He has been talking with Arkansas quarterbacks coach Paul Petrino throughout the situation. Petrino is expected to visit Scott on Monday.
The Razorbacks aren’t the only team coming by as Scott said coaches from Houston, Memphis, Arizona State and Texas Tech are also supposed to be visiting this week.
And to cap it off, the state track meet is next weekend and Scott has qualified in multiple events for a chance at a state championship.
“That’s what I’m focused on right now,” Heupel said. “I can’t control the OU offer. I’ve done my best. That’s all I can do.”
Scott is on the short list of potential OU offers at the position since the Sooners’ top target Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) committed to USC earlier this month.
Along with Scott and Hilinski, OU has been in talks with four-star signal-caller Cody Thomas (Colleyville, Texas/Heritage). However, because of Thomas’ baseball success, it is not certain when Thomas and Heupel will be able to communicate more or have an in-person evaluation.