Oregon State coaches have been busy the past month going through spring practices installing their offensive and defensive game plans, hosting recruits on campus, having their annual spring game on April 28th, and going through spring evaluations as they are working to visit as many high schools as they can in various states across the country.
While the 2018 season and the 2019 recruiting class will be crucial and the beginning of what Jonathan Smith and his staff want to build on, I believe the 2020 class of prospects, specifically in the Pacific Northwest is a special group of highly talented athletes that the coaches have their sights set on making a big splash with multiple recruits and their families.
The Beavers have currently offered 38 prospects in the 2020 class according to 247Sports with 10 of those young men coming from the states of Oregon (6) and Washington (4).
The most recent “PNW” offer went out to 6-foot-3, 200-pound 247Sports four-star wide receiver Gee Scott Jr. from Eastside Catholic high school in Sammamish, Washington who also plays for Tracy Ford’s 7-on-7 team “Team FSP”, who’s ELITE high school level team is one of the top 7-on-7 teams in the entire country going 56-8 this spring.
An another just in..... S/O to the young bull @geescottjr on receiving on offer from Oregon State! The program is hot right now!! I hope y’all paying attention! #WeGotDudes #TeamFSP pic.twitter.com/cvBPVpGtDQ— Tracy Ford (@TFordFSP) May 4, 2018
This past weekend I caught up with the phenomenal four-star pass catcher who broke down his recruitment and where things stand with the Beavers.
“My relationship with the Oregon State staff is still fresh and new, and I’m interested in getting more familiar with them. I’ve been in contact with Coach Hynson, the wide receiver coach. OSU came to my school on Thursday, later that night I gave Coach Hynson call and that’s when they told me they wanted to give me a scholarship offer.”
Scott Jr. currently holds ten scholarship offers from Arizona, Colorado, Eastern Washington, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, USC, Utah, and Wisconsin. Washington is the only school on his radar that could be close to offering as well. When asked how he felt about picking another PAC-12 offer, this time from the Beavers, he was excited.
“It was a great feeling being able to receive another offer from a PAC-12 school. I now have 7 out of the 12 PAC-12 schools, it’s awesome. I don’t know too much about Oregon State yet, but I’m looking forward to finding out more about the school and football program and building a relationship with the new staff.”
An unofficial visit or two could also be in the works for this fall for a few games for Scott Jr. that would allow him to fully experience Corvallis viewing the academic side of things as well as the game day experience inside Reser Stadium.
“I wouldn’t mind going out to Oregon State (this fall) and checking out the campus and seeing the football atmosphere there, that’s one thing that jumps out at me about schools like Wisconsin and Notre Dame, the football spirit, energy, and fans are tremendous!”
With the ability for high school football prospects to now take official visits to colleges during the spring of their junior year of high school, we are seeing a continuous increase in how many recruits are verbally committing to school earlier and earlier in their high school careers.
As of now, that won't be the case with the electrifying wide receiver coming from Eastside Catholic.
“I will be committing to a college program a lot later from now. I want to take things slow, get all of my options together, carefully evaluate each school with my family, and do a process of elimination to determine where I should continue my football career. Right now, me being so young, I look at all colleges on the same level, all schools are 100% under consideration whether it’s Eastern Washington or USC, I’m keeping all of my options open and keeping my mind focused on being the best athlete I can be for my high school and 7-on-7 team.”
Scott Jr’s father, Gee Scott, was a former basketball player respectively, and is now co-host on “KIRO Nights” on 97.3 KIRO FM in Seattle, Washington while also the host of “Touchdown City” for the Seattle Seahawks, the senior Scott has played a huge role and made a incredible impact on Jr’s life.
“We have a very similar state of mind when it come to what it takes to play on the next level, and the work it takes to make it there.”
With the “NW Showcase” happening on June 2nd at Pacific University, Scott Jr. will be one of many high level prospects that will be attending the event. I will be helping cover for Building The Dam where the Oregon State coaches along with coaches from over 20 other programs from a variety of conferences will be there to see all of the talented prospects in person.
Building The Dam will continue to stay in contact with Scott Jr. as his recruitment is just getting started and is sure to pick up many more offers during his high school career as he heads into his junior season with the Crusaders of Eastside Catholic. My first opportunity to catch Scott Jr. in action with his high school team will be September 14th as local powerhouse Central Catholic from Portland, Oregon will travel north to take on Eastside Catholic in a different, but just as exciting version of the “Holy War”.
Scott Jr’s Hudl highlights:
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