Penn State, Virginia Wanted Scott
I have more extra stuff that never made it into my Da’Rel Scott feature from last week. When I went up to Scott’s hometown in Conshohocken, Pa., I also met with his former high school coaches. They told me how Scott’s recruitment unfolded. Most people felt Scott turned into a legit Division I-A prospect after his sophomore year. He had battled injuries, but his potential was large because of his speed, which he got from both his mother and father. Maryland cultivated a relationship with Scott early in his junior year. After Scott verbally committed to Maryland, his former coaches said, Penn State and Virginia turned up the heat. Current Plymouth-Whitemarsh Coach John Staudenmayer, then an assistant at the school, said coaches from Penn State and Virginia would walk into the P-W High coaches’ office asking about Scott.
“They were always asking, ‘What do you think? Is he really going to go there? Do we have a shot at him? Do we have a shot at changing his mind?’,” Staudenmayer said. “They would still come knocking. Before the official signing date, there were rumors that Joe Paterno was coming down to watch his basketball game. They wanted him late, but I guess they should have started earlier.
“Penn State was sending someone down here every weekend his senior year. Some teams were trying to steer him away from his verbal commitment. He said all along, he told everyone, ‘Maryland was the first team that really showed interest in me and showed a commitment to me.’ And of course he liked the school to begin with. ‘That’s who I am going with, those who have shown a loyalty to me.’ That is what made him stay with Maryland. When you have Joe Paterno calling you, and you have a couple other schools jumping in, Virginia. I am sure it was a tough thing for him to stick by his guns and I really admire that he did that.”
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