In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson chats with Tahlequah (OK) Sequoyah junior quarterback and Arkansas-born Brayden Scott (6-3, 200), who has an offer from the Razorbacks and several others, and watch ESPN's Depth Chart: Arkansas closely on Wednesday night.
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It may be awhile before we know how ESPN’s Depth Chart: Arkansas played nationally, but we do know how it played in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
Talequah Sequoyah junior quarterback Brayden Scott (6-3, 200), who was born in Springdale and has offers from the Razorbacks and Alabama among others, got to watch the hour-long show on Wednesday night.
“It was great, just great,” Scott said Wednesday night after watching the program. “It really gave some insight on how Arkansas gets prepared for a game week. I watched with interest because it is certainly a place that I could be playing quarterback in college.”
He saw how hard Arkansas offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Garrick McGee pushed Razorback quarterbacks Tyler Wilson and Brandon Mitchell.
“That was great,” Scott said. “I love the way Coach McGee coaches so hard and the way Coach Petrino gets after his quarterbacks so hard so they can be their best. That is what I am used to and that is what I want to have in college. I want to be the best I can be and I want to have somebody pushing me and being hard on me.”
Scott’s dad Brent and McGee were once teammates at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.
“Coach McGee is a great guy and our family has a lot of respect for him,” Scott said. “It would be great to learn under Coach Petrino and Coach McGee, who both know a lot about the position.”
Scott, who lived in Springdale until he was headed into the eighth grade, has offers from Arkansas, Alabama, Purdue, Clemson, Arizona and Tulsa.
Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame, Oregon and Auburn have all been hinting they will offer soon.
“When I was a small kid I used to go to Arkansas games or sit around and watch Notre Dame, Texas, Oklahoma and OSU (Oklahoma State) play on Saturday,” Scott said. “I can’t even begin to tell you how blessed I feel that I am going to have the opportunity to play at one of those places.”
Arkansas and Oklahoma currently head the pack.
“I think Arkansas and Oklahoma are the two places that I think most about playing right now,” Scott said. “But I am going to go see games later this year at Alabama and Notre Dame and Oklahoma State and just get a good look at all those places, too.”
Scott, who has already passed for over 2,000 yards this season and rushed for 500 more, has great bloodlines.
His grandfather is former Razorback player and legendary Oklahoma high school coach Bill Scott, who won three state titles and 218 games games while heading up the Bristow program.
“He played at Arkansas and was actually (Dallas Cowboys owner) Jerry Jones’ roommate for two years,” Scott said.
His dad Brent – who has been the Tahlequah Sequoyah head football coach since 2004 - played for his dad at Bristow, went on to play Oklahoma State and has his dad as assistant coach now.
“It’s great that my grandpa coached by dad and now my dad is coaching me,” Scott said. “I hope to be able to coach my son one day. That would be pretty cool and kind of follow in the family tradition.”
He is likely to grow a few more inches seeing as how his grandfather grew to 6-7 and his dad is 6-5.
“I don’t think size is going to be that big of a factor for me,” Scott said with a laugh. “I have been very fortunate to be around some great coaches, who just happen to be my dad and grandpa. I have learned a lot from them and feel like I have a great knowledge of the game.”
The Scotts have taken in plenty of Arkansas games throughout the years, including a couple this season.
“I certainly grew up a Razorback fan and have gone to a lot of games over the years because we have season tickets,” Scott said. “It really is a lot of fun to see them having so much success right now. The crowds have really responded to the success and I just love being over there for games.”
Scott was on hand for Arkansas’ 38-14 win over defending national champion Auburn on Oct. 8th at Razorback Stadium.
“The atmosphere was great and the biggest thing I notice in the SEC and the Big 12 is the speed in the SEC,” Scott said. “It’s just unreal. The Arkansas wide receivers and running backs and even their defensive guys are all blessed with a lot of speed.
“It was a great football game to see and I loved how loud it was, maybe the loudest that I have ever heard at a Razorback game and I have been to some loud ones,” Scott added. “I was supposed to go to another game, but I wanted to see Arkansas and Auburn play and it turned out just like I thought it would.”
He’s also got chance to take in a couple of Oklahoma games and has plans to see the Sooners and Oklahoma State in the annual Bedlam Battle on Dec. 3.
“I respect Oklahoma a lot,” Scott told Scout.com. “Josh Heupel, I’ve known him since I was in 8th grade. Our relationship right there is real special. He’s taken care of me since I was in 8th grade. Oklahoma is way up there in the high rankings with me possibly going there. I really like Bob Stoops; I respect him as a coach. I just feel like it's family down there whenever I’m visiting or when I’m at a camp or at a game.”
Last season passed for 2,132 yards with 20 TDs and only four picks for this Indians while rushing for just under 1,000 yards.
He has developed into a dual threat quarterback in his three years as the starting signal caller.
The prime example of that came in a 31-28 loss to Metro Christian in which he carried the ball 21 times for 156 yards and also completed 18 of 26 passes for 212 yards. Scott had two rushing touchdowns, one via the air and no turnovers.
That was the same matchup in which Scott scored the winning touchdown in a 46-43 win over Metro Christian the year before.
“Our whole offense played well and we just need to make one more play,” Scott said. “I can’t say enough about how great my teammates compete and how we are coming together.”
He also passed for career-high 357 yards and six touchdowns – tying the school mark of former Tahlequah Sequoyah and Ole Miss quarterback Nathan Stanley – with no picks in a 49-14 win over Inola.
His most recent effort came in 48-0 ripping of Locust Grove in which he threw for 261 yards while only playing the first half.
“I’m not a guy who anybody would confuse with a big-time running quarterback, but I am fast enough that I can make plays with my feet when it calls for it or when the play breaks down.”
Tahlequah Sequoyah has a record of 26-4 in Scott’s three years as the starting quarterback.
“Football is a team game and my teammates have both put me in position to make some big plays and made some for me,” Scott said. “I am lucky to be surrounded by a lot of talent.”
Tahlequah Sequoyah has put a new slant on an old offense since Scott, who has been the starter since his freshman season, took over the helm at quarterback.
“We run a variation of the Wing-T that we call the Sling-T because we pass out of it so much,” Scott said. “We get five receivers out at times and like to have sort of an air raid out of it.”