When Nick Scott toured the Northern Virginia area last fall in search of a school to transfer to, the Massachusetts standout running back knew about those known for their powerful football histories: Lake Braddock, Robinson, Oakton and Westfield.
But the 6-foot, 180-pound junior with an offer from Boston College and dreams of playing college football said he didn’t care. Scott, whose family was moving down to Virginia because of a change in his father’s job, decided choosing a school was going to be a big-picture decision, and so he focused instead on other concerns. How did the atmosphere feel? Were the academics strong?
In an era in which athletes decide to pick up and move to new areas based on which football program might best fit their skill set, Scott went the opposite direction. His choice of Fairfax, which has made the playoffs the last three seasons but remains outside of the area’s powers, indicated as much.
Scott has taken quickly to his new school and new teammates. And despite not playing for a local powerhouse, he is not worried about his college prospects one bit.
“I just feel like if God has a plan for me, nothing is supposed to happen” a certain way, Scott said. “If I’m supposed to play [in college], I’ll play.”
There were some early adjustments for Scott, who transferred from Brookline (Mass.), a program he said was “only 32 deep on a good day, with 15 of us actually doing something on the field.” But the junior back, who has drawn interest from Maryland and Virginia, needed little time to make himself at home.
Simonds said the newcomer quickly took on the role of leader in the offseason, showing up first to weight lifting sessions and always waiting to be the last one out the door. His work ethic there and on the practice field has set a standard, Simonds said, as has his overall attitude.
“He’s buddies with guys and hanging out, but he’s also a very good role model,” Simonds said. “He’s academically centered and wants to make sure academics are first and foremost. He’ll say, ‘I’m not doing X, Y and Z because I have to study.’ I think our other kids are starting to hone in on that. It’s a bonus for the program.”
There has also been a payoff on the football field. In the Rebels season-opening 29-19 win over Annandale, Scott provided a major lift. He scored on runs of one and three yards and on a 55-yard reception, and finished with 211 all-around yards on just nine touches.
The junior said he hopes his impact on the program continues, especially in shifting the momentum for Fairfax, warning teams that the Rebels won’t be rolling over for anyone.
“Win or lose,” Scott said, “we’re going to give them a competition.”