DKW 86 6,371 Posted July 31, 2006 Share Posted July 31, 2006 http://www.newsobserver.com/821/story/465859.html ACC schools covet Spartans sophomoreDesmond Scott, who played as a freshman, has performed well in summer camps. Tim Stevens, Staff Writer Plenty of high school football players have higher career rushing and receiving totals than Southern Durham's Desmond Scott, but he has something that very few will ever receive -- a college scholarship offer. Scott begins workouts for his sophomore season Monday at 2:30 p.m., with high expectations and scholarship offers from N.C. State, North Carolina and Clemson. Clemson offered him a scholarship in May after he was the highest rated player in a Nike combine at the school. State offered after he attended its camp. UNC followed last week after Scott had participated in a camp for one day. Not a bad summer's work for the 5-foot-8, 175-pounder who rushed for 271 yards and had 221 yards in receptions on Southern's varsity during his freshman season. The sudden attention caught Scott by surprise. He said he never imagined that he would have college scholarship offers by now. "I now realize that hard work pays off," he said. "I'm going to continue to work hard. You have to work during the good times and the bad times." Scott knows opponents will pay special attention to him in the coming seasons. "But I've been a marked man my entire athletic life," he said. "Well, really since middle school. I'm not above my peers, but athletically, in football and track, I've been a marked man. There is no more pressure." Scott said he is already thinking about his college decision, even though he can't sign a national letter of intent until February 2009. "That time will approach quicker than than you think it will," he said. Scott's father, Tony, said he doesn't know if programs beyond the Southeast will show interest in his son. "I would not shun the opportunity to have him looked at nationally, but that is not going to be the driving motivation," Tony Scott said. "If he got no other offers, I think we would be satisfied with these three." Desmond Scott burst into prominence when he attended a Nike workout on Feb. 4 at the University of Miami. More than 600 athletes attended and Scott ranked among the top six. He also was ranked among the best at a Snow Hill combine and was in the top handful in a scout.com workout at Duke. His showing in Miami earned him an invitation to a Clemson workout, made up of mostly upperclassmen. There, on May 21, he bench pressed 185 pounds a personal-best 23 times, ran 40 yards in 4.47 seconds and posted a 4.0-second time in a 20-yard shuttle run. Those performances ranked among the top three by running backs at the camp, and his 34-inch vertical jump ranked among the top 10. Scott posted a 3.5 overall grade-point average during his freshman year at Southern and has a reputation for being an outstanding citizen. "He is one of the nicest kids you'll ever meet," said Pete Shankle, who recently stepped down as athletics director at Southern Durham. Tony Scott said he expects his son to grow bigger and stronger as he matures. "He is going to continue to do the things that have gotten him this far," Tony Scott said. "I don't think he is going to get sidetracked or become complacent." Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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