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:
- In a double-overtime contest, O’Connell held off Paul VI, 58-56, in Sunday’s WCAC semifinal round. The Knights will face St. John’s in Tuesday’s final. Kids, practice your free throws. Junior Etou sank the game-winning foul shots with 1.4 seconds left. Just as impressive was when Marcus Derrickson calmly sank two free throws with no time left (and the backboard’s red buzzer light shining back at him) to send the game to its first overtime.
- In the greatest comeback that I’ve ever witnessed in person, W.T. Woodson rallied from a 22-point third-quarter deficit to beat Wakefield, 75-70 in overtime, and capture its first outright Virginia AAA Northern Region championship. Legendary former Woodson Coach Red Jenkins told the team afterward it was “the greatest win in school history” and (full disclosure alert) as a Woodson alum, I’d have to agree.
- Just before Woodson’s improbable win, Edison’s girls’ basketball team pulled off an impressive comeback of its own, rallying from 17 points down to win the girls’ region title, 60-52, against South Lakes. Edison’s Jada Graves is quite the player for just a freshman, displaying a nice handle and strong ability to get to the rim for buckets.
- Maret knocked down 11 three-pointers to beat Sidwell Friends, 74-65, and win its first outright MAC crown.
- For the third straight year, Good Counsel and St. John’s will meet in the WCAC girls’ final after both notched semifinal wins on Sunday.
- Bullis and National Cathedral’s girls teams captured ISL championships this weekend.
- Perry Street Prep won the MISAL championship behind Jerrod Diggs’s 27 points while Takoma Academy claimed the girls’ crown.
- McLean School held off Grace Brethren-Clinton to win the PVAC boys’ title.
- In the Virginia AA Region 2 Division 4 championships, Woodgrove won the girls’ title while Potomac Falls hoisted its fourth straight trophy.
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.
— 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.