In a class that is ranked No. 8 nationally and features five-star cornerback commit Stanford Samuels, it could be easy to look over the commitment of three-star offensive lineman Brady Scott from Powder Springs, Ga. (Mount Paran Christian School).
Scott committed to the Florida Seminoles this past Tuesday, becoming FSU’s 14th 2017 commitment. According to the 247Sports Composite he’s the No. 96 offensive tackle in the nation and the 103rd-best recruit from the state of Georgia.
So yes, the rankings are a bit underwhelming, but that doesn’t mean Scott is an inconsequential recruit for FSU.
In fact, he has a ton of potential.
Scott is 6-foot-6 and 285 pounds, which is elite size for an offensive lineman recruit not even yet in his freshman year of college. He has a big frame and could stand to add even more good mass once he hits the weight room at FSU. He plays tackle and defensive end for his high school right now, but he tells Josh Newberg of 247Sports that Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett likes him at center in the future.
“I’m going to play center at FSU. Coach Trickett thinks I’ll be a really good center,” Scott told Newberg. “I’ve never played center before but I’m going to play where ever he wants me to. I’m excited to be any part of the line, I just like offensive line — period.”
For what it’s worth, Scott does have the potential to be a really nice center for the Seminoles. He’s a tenacious blocker who fires out low out of his stance and does a great job of running his feet and driving his blocking assignment. Though Scott is tall at 6-foot-6, he plays with great leverage, which will really suit him at the center position. He shoots out his hands and keeps defenders at arm’s-length, using the leverage of his hand positioning, low-level and head placement to move the defender where he needs him to be.
Scott projects to be good in a “phone booth”, which means he’ll be comfortable in tight spaces and against immediate contact as a center. Though he’s a great “lock on and drive” blocker, he can use quick leverage technique to simply get his body and helmet to the side of defender, get low and drive to create a hole. Against one-technique defensive tackles as a center, being able to quickly get low and get leverage will be key — especially on inside runs.
The other key for Scott’s development as a center will be learning how to snap and step, and then snap, step and drive. Centers have to have great balance and agility and that’s not even considering the technique of the snap — under center, in the pistol and in the five-yard shotgun all have different techniques associated with them — so there will be a learning curve for the FSU commit.
The good news is he appears to have a relationship with his position coach, which will make it easier for him to navigate both the transition to the college level and the change from tackle to center. Here’s what he had to say about Trickett, per Newberg.
“I really liked coach Trickett when I was there. I can’t wait to work with him in college,” he said. “When I called him up and told him I was committing he was excited. At least I think he was. Coach Trickett doesn’t show a whole lot of emotion.”
There’s more good news for Scott: He has time to learn, and being willing is half the battle. He’s already coming into FSU with the physical abilities to play center, and that’s the other half.
On the whole, Scott currently has eight offers. That’s a number that may go up now that he’s committed to Florida State, because it’s a commitment that will undoubtedly put him on the radar with other programs. But even if it doesn’t, he still boasts offers from Appalachian State, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Wake Forest and Western Kentucky.
Just like with Scott’s rankings, his offer list doesn’t pop off the screen, but again, just like with his rankings; it doesn’t need to.
Scott has a ton of potential for Florida State and all indications are that he’s in a great situation with a program he likes and with a position coach he has a good relationship with. Throw in raw talent and the ability to do what the team asks of him, and it’s not hard to predict that Scott should have a successful college career.