Letters of Interest: Fairfax RB Nick Scott commits to Penn State

February 25, 2013

Fairfax junior running back Nick Scott committed to Penn State this past weekend (John McDonnell/The Washington Post).

Nick Scott is of course well aware of the stigma that currently paints the Penn State football program. But as a life-long fan of the team, that nor the standing bowl sanctions could deter the Fairfax junior’s desire to be a Nittany Lion.

Following a junior day visit to State College this past weekend, Scott committed to Penn State in Coach Bill O’Brien’s office, bringing a wide smile to the faces of both Scott and his future coach.

“Before we actually visited, I felt real comfortable and told my parents I wanted to commit, but they told me to wait until I visited to see if anything jumped out at me,” said Scott, who received his offer from Penn State in October. “As soon as I stepped foot on campus, I was blown away and knew it was the place for me. It felt like home.”

Once Scott gets to his new home in the fall of 2014, he said the Penn State coaches will likely play him at running back. “We talked about running back and I spent the day with the running backs, so I guess that’s what that means,” Scott said.

This past fall, his first season at Fairfax, Scott rushed for 932 yards en route to 1,164 total yards and 12 touchdowns. He also played defensive back for the Rebels (5-5).

Scott said he is firm in his commitment to Penn State — so much so that he called and left a message with the other school he held an offer from, Boston College, telling its coaches that he appreciated their recruitment “but the process is now over.” Scott also took an unofficial visit to Alabama in October.

“I have a lot of respect and appreciation for the schools that showed interest in me, but Penn State is the place for me, regardless of the sanctions,” Scott said in reference to the four-year bowl ban imposed upon Penn State before last season. “One of the things the Penn State coaches stressed and that resonated with me is that while bowl games are great, they’re not all football is about. It’s about playing the game you love with teammates you respect and love. For me, that said enough.”

Now to the wild weekend of hoops that was:

VIDEO OF THE DAY
As he displayed by draining those ice-cold free throws at the end of regulation as well as with his team-high 16 points in Sunday’s loss, Paul VI sophomore Marcus Derrickson is one of the nation’s top recruits.

BONUS VIDEO OF THE DAY
As a part of 96 wins and counting, senior Jamall Robinson is the winningest player in Paul VI history and will take his strong leadership skills to Niagara next season.

NUMBER CRUNCH: 52
Points accounted for by Felecia Majors at the Virginia AAA indoor track and field championships, as she almost single-handedly led South County to the first team title in any sport in school history. Majors won the long jump and pole vault, placed second in three events, fourth in another and ran the anchor leg for the school’s 1,600-meter relay team.

BREAKFAST LINKS:
– Good Counsel’s Kyle Snyder and McNamara’s Alfred Bannister won National Preps championships in the 220- and 138-pound weight divisions, respectively. Snyder is now 179-0 and has been taken down just once in his three-year high school career.

– The Walter Johnson boys and Wootton girls captured the Maryland 4A/3A swimming and diving titles on Saturday.

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
Princeton Day at Riverdale Baptist, 8 p.m.
For the fourth time this season, these two teams will face off but the stakes are highest Monday with the inaugural Capital Beltway championship on the line. Princeton Day won two of the three prior meetings.

Brandon Parker is a sports reporter for The Washington Post.
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