Hardaway High’s versatile Austin Scott expects to see some action at wide receiver next fall, though it will present a challenge.
“If they just get the ball to me,” Scott said. “I’ll go up and get it.”
Region 1-AAAA’s offensive player of the year signed a letter of intent with Valdosta State University on Tuesday in a ceremony held in the school’s media center.
The 5-6, 150-pound Scott was one of the Bi-City’s most versatile athletes. Versatility trumped size for Valdosta State.
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“I was getting concerned,” Scott said about the lack of offers coming his way. “In the end it came down to my size. Valdosta said I could make something happen and they were willing to take the risk.”
Scott shared the moment with his parents, Shirley and Willie Scott, and younger brother Justin, who is 10. Another brother accompanied Scott on his visit to Valdosta State.
“My older brother Carlos went with me,” Scott said. It’s a medium-sized campus and I liked the atmosphere. I spent a lot of time talking to the coaches.”
Willie Scott looks forward to his son not only playing college football but also continuing his education. “It’s a day we’ve been looking forward to,” the elder Scott said.
“When he was small, I’d always tell him that football is a good thing, but education comes first. It’s important to us that he’ll be close to home.”
Hardaway principal Matt Bell pronounced the day as a big one, not only for Austin, but for the school. Austin helped the Hawks achieve another milestone a few months ago as Hardaway secured a berth in the AAAA playoffs, its first since 1999.
Scott received extensive playing time on both sides of the ball. He compiled 2013 yards of total offense, including 873 rushing and 647 receiving. He scored 8 touchdowns rushing and six receiving.
Defensively, Scott made 56 tackles this season and had three interceptions. He was named All-Region in 1-AAAA on offense and special teams and was the region’s offensive player of the year.