Scott On Radar Of Several Schools

Aris Scott

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Aris Scott thought he was FBS bound coming out of Central Dauphin East, but academics held him back. He is now spending a post-graduate season at Milford Academy (New Berlin, N.Y.) and is hearing from a number of programs.

Recruiting at the FBS level dried up, but Wagner continued to push for former Central Dauphin East High (Harrisburg, Pa.) athlete Aris Scott so he committed there.

And he was set to go there until a last minute snag, which could turn into a bigger opportunity.

"(Wagner) re-evaluated my transcripts and said I missed by a couple of points," said Scott, who landed at Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y. "It's actually looking like a blessing in disguise because I'm getting some other looks.

"Wagner was the only school that gave me a chance and I appreciated that, but they wanted me to sit out a year and just take classes, and I really wasn't feeling that so I took my chance and came here and now I'm getting some interest I thought I should have gotten out of high school."

Among the schools checking in on the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Scott are Michigan, Penn State, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Syracuse, Temple, Pittsburgh and Purdue.

"I'm getting recruited as an athlete," he said. "I feel as though I can make plays with the ball in my hands, but whatever they want is fine. Everything happens for a reason."

Scott added a number of teams are interested in him making unofficial visits, but since Milford Academy plays on Sundays that is not possible.

However, he said he is willing to trade visits for the experience of playing at Milford, and how it will help him in the future.

"If you're at Milford, it's either going to make you or break you," Scott said. "You figure out if you love football or not. The stuff we go through, it can tear you apart if you're not mentally strong. If someone does something wrong at night, your (running) on the hill at 12 o'clock in the morning. Wake up early, run all day."

In the first six games of the season, Scott had 22 catches for 322 yards and two touchdowns. He also played quarterback and was 16 of 29 for 170 yards and rushed 10 times for 74 yards.

"Coming out of high school, I thought I was going to be at a big school," Scott said. "I had Maryland talking to me. I went to the game last year when they played Temple. I had Rutgers talking to me, Pitt talking to me. I didn't think I was going to end up in this situation and then I figured out football is not just football. It's grades also."

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