SPRINGFIELD -- Raw speed and nimbleness is a gift. Effingham County wide receiver Randy Scott's opponents quickly realize they will have a difficult time matching up against him in these areas.
Scott has developed into a college prospect thanks to his nifty moves and determination. His 4.45 time in the 40-yard dash doesn’t hurt, either.
“Ever since I was young, I’ve been one of the fastest guys,” Scott said.
Unfortunately for his opponents, Scott plays defensive back, too. Playing two positions has helped him break down the science of how to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage and find ways to get open when he’s on offense.
No matter where he is on the field, Scott takes mental notes. He addresses everything from the way the player is lined up to his mannerisms.
“I look to see how I can beat him before the route begins and how I can make my route easy,” Scott said. “I try to see how I can break him down and make it easy for the quarterback. Most of the time, DBs are a little shaky or I can tell they don’t want to go inside.”
The rising senior is entertaining interest from Furman, South Alabama and Troy, and said it’s finally starting to sink in that he is getting the attention of college coaches.
“It’s hitting me pretty hard,” Scott said. “It’s very exciting, especially being DI. It’s big- time football.”
As far as the season goes, Scott wants to leave no stone unturned. That means going undefeated in regular season play. It’s a tall order but one he’s confident the team can fill.
“I want to win our first game and get that under our belt,” Scott said. “Then I want to go 10-0 and have a nice playoff run.”
Scott, who also plays basketball and runs track, likes to mimic DeAndre Hopkins. He admires the Houston Texans wide receiver for his aggressive mentality.
“He has that 'dog' in him,” Scott said. “Every time he goes on the field, it’s over with him.”
Scott, who is being recruited at both positions he plays, doesn’t mind being a workhorse. He is always eager to perform under the Friday night lights.
“It doesn’t matter which position I play,”Scott said. “I just want to be on the field.”
Scott, also a return specialist, said the area he has grown in most is taking direction from the coaching staff.
“I’ve grown to listen to the coaches and staying with my game and technique, and perfecting my skills in route running,” Scott said. “I am just now getting right with DB. I feel like over the years I’ve learned from what I’m being coached.”
And although everything surrounding his football career is on a high note, Scott said the way he is remembered in the community outweighs what he does on the field.
“I want to leave Effingham and make sure my name is known,” Scott said. “I want to leave as a good person.”