With Andre Scott, everything is laid-back, casual, just chillin.’
There are no peaks and valleys; just even-keel, never gets too high and never gets too low. That’s just how the versatile Orlando Oak Ridge athlete rolls.
On the football field, you won’t see a lot of emotion from Scott. He just does his job, whether it’s playing quarterback, wide receiver, cornerback, safety .. anything. He plays it all and plays it well.
But he never makes a big deal out of things and that’s why his commitment to Marshall University kind of flew under the radar without much fanfare, recently.
Not even Scott was sure what date he committed but several Marshall-related websites have the 6-foot, 175-pound Scott committing this past Wednesday. Scott said it was even earlier than that.
He said the decision wasn’t too difficult for him once he arrived in Huntington, W.Va.
“Marshall is a hometown environment and that’s what I was looking for,” Scott said. “It’s who you feel most comfortable with and I felt comfortable with Marshall.”
Scott picked Marshall over Cincinnati, while Tennessee, South Carolina and UCF were also among the finalists.
“The others, they didn’t really talk to me like coach Hartley [safeties coach Todd],” Scott said.
He also said he enjoyed his time spent with Thundering Herd head coach Doc Holliday, who recruits Florida hard and was once the Gators safeties coach (2005 to 2007).
“Coach Holliday, he’ll tell it to ya straight up … no sugar-coat. … nothing. He’ll tell you exactly how it is.”
Holliday has 27 Florida players on his current Marshall roster. Also, five of Marshall’s 15 2012 commitments are from Florida in former Fort Lauderdale Boyd Anderson players LB Kent Turene and DB Corey Tindal, both by way of the Atlanta Sports Academy prep school. Scott is joined by fellow seniors C Cameron Dees of Seffner Armwood and Fort Lauderdale University School QB Gunnar Holcombe.
Scott, the 61st-ranked corner in the country by Rivals.com and the No. 12 player in the Sentinel’s 2012 Central Florida Super60, said he will play safety at Marshall, after his early forecast had been to play the cornerback position. He’s played both DB positions in high school for former Florida Gator Elijah Williams, who just finished his third season as head coach at Oak Ridge. He also played quarterback all of his junior year.
Quarterbacks, of course, are usually hopeful they’ll be able to play QB in college. Mount Dora QB Vegas Harley is in the same predicament where a lot of schools want him to play DB.
“It really was. I played it ever since Pop Warner,” Scott said of playing QB. “I brought in some of my old Pop Warner films for Coach Williams to see and we watched that. Out of all the positions I played then, he said he liked me as quarterback and so I played that here for a while. I wanted to go for wide receiver [in college] but that just didn’t work out.”
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at email@example.com.