Tahlequah Sequoyah quarterback leaving early for Memphis
BY MIKE BROWN World Sports Writer
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
12/18/12 at 7:03 AM
Tahlequah Sequoyah quarterback Brayden Scott will graduate at mid-term and enroll at the University of Memphis for the spring semester, his father and former Sequoyah head coach Brent Scott said Monday.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder is rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com and the nation's No. 33 drop-back passer.
He will sign a financial-aid agreement at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Midwest Sporting Goods, 9529 E. 51st St., his father said.
Scott committed to the Tigers last June but had entertained other recruiting options in recent months. He decided to join the Tigers early after his in-home visit with Memphis head coach Justin Fuente, the former Union High quarterback.
"(Fuente) told him that he'd love to have him in the spring if there was any way he could work it out," Brent Scott said.
Memphis' spring semester starts Jan. 17.
Scott hasn't had his eligibility restored in a highly publicized case that saw the Sequoyah football team forfeit nine games and its spot in the Class 3A playoffs in 2012.
But Brent Scott said he didn't think it greatly affected his son's decision to leave high school a semester early.
"He doesn't play basketball or wrestle. He would have had a chance to place in the (110-meter hurdles in the 3A state track meet), but it doesn't make a lot of sense to stay an extra semester to run one event in track," Brent Scott said.
Brayden Scott and 11 others were suspended in a case that involved the school paying summer camp fees against Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association rules. The other 11 had their athletic eligiblity reinstated, but not Scott. The family has chosen not to fight for reinstatement, Brent Scott said.
Scott will be one of four quarterbacks competing in Memphis' spring drills, along with senior returning starter Jacob Karam, junior Eric Mathews and redshirt freshman Paxton Lynch.
In their first year under Fuente, the Tigers went 4-8 in 2012 - their best record since going 6-7 in 2008.
Not counting the nine forfeits, Scott had a 35-7 mark as Sequoyah's starting quarterback over four seasons, throwing for 90 touchdowns and more than 7,000 yards.
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