April 2, 2013

Playmaker Scott gauging interest in Vols

Key playmakers are always wanted at the highest level in recruiting and that's no different with Tennessee. The Vols have put their fair share into the National Football League and Tarpon Springs, Fla., wide receiver Artavis Scott looks to be one of those special players, and he knows how to balance a busy schedule.

"It's going pretty good," Scott said of his spring and the recruiting process. "Just doing track right now and then of course I play basketball and football. I spend time working out and training, too. Plus I work at KFC and I have to get my school work done. It's a juggling act, but I get all of it done."

All of those activities do not leave much free time for Scott, but that's just fine with the talented Sunshine State product.

"I just found a way to manage it," Scott said. "I learned I have to set time for it. School work always comes first. But I find a way to get it all done."

Scott has a who's who of college football offer sheet and the Vols are very much in the early mix. He knows about Butch Jones and his staff and loved to watch one former Vol growing up.

"I like what they bring to the table," Scott said. "I know about Eric Berry and I watched him have an impact, so that's cool. I talk to coach (Zach) Azzanni some and he's a pretty cool dude. I'm hoping to get to know him better."

At 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, Scott has plenty of speed and elusiveness. Don't let his frame fool you though; he knows how to play large and isn't shy about his ability.

"I attack the ball when it's in the air and I don't feel like I can be stopped," Scott said. "I have a great self-belief. It's not cocky if it's true. I tell people that all the time. I prepare for every game the best way I know how."

Scott isn't sure when a decision will present itself to him, but he does know what he's looking for in a school. One of his factors isn't common with most prospects, but it's something that is important and special to him.

"I want to come in and make an impact early," Scott said. "I also have to play special teams because I love to return kicks and punts. It's something I'm good at and I feel like that's a strength of mine."

Rivals.com ranks Scott as a 4-star wide receiver in the class of 2014.

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