In 16 years of coaching high school football, East Lake coach Bob Hudson had never needed to step in and harness the competitive nature of a player.
But then he starting coaching 2014 wide receiver target Artavis Scott (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake) and he had to do just that.
“He is by far the most competitive kid I have ever coached,” Hudson said. “He does not want to lose, period -- I don’t care if it’s on one play, I don’t care if it’s a game of Monopoly, I don’t care if it’s Madden on XBOX. He might be similar in skill to another kid but he’s not going to allow himself to lose to that kid.”
With that kind of an attitude, Scott has already picked up 11 offers from the likes of Florida, Ohio State and South Carolina. And with a visit to Michigan planned for this weekend, he’s hoping to pick up his third Big Ten offer on Sunday during the Wolverines’ BBQ in the Big House.
“I feel like I want it more than other guys,” Scott said. “I’m dedicated to what I do. I’m always trying to better myself as an athlete.”
He will be visiting with high school teammate Mason Cole, who already holds an offer from Michigan. Scott is hoping to get to know the coaches better and get a feel for the campus.
During his sophomore season at East Lake, Scott tallied 12 touchdowns on 54 receptions and 1,158 yards. But with an athlete so competitive, his goal is to outdo himself as a junior.
“I always set high goals for myself,” Scott said. “I want to score more than 15 touchdowns and get more than 1,000 yards again.”
However, this will be just his third year at the wide receiver position. Growing up, Scott was primarily a running back and excelled in the backfield, however, as a freshman at East Lake there wasn’t room on the roster for him there so the coaches decided to put him at wide receiver.
With his competitive edge, he naturally moved his way up to the starting position by the opening game that season. Hudson said Scott’s explosiveness and versatility helped him make the transition smoothly.
And of course his competitive nature didn’t hurt it. Perhaps it even helped him, by putting a position change -- an even bigger challenge -- in front of the talented youngster. And now, as a burgeoning national talent, the coaches are making sure he keeps that fire on the field so he can help his team in every way possible.
“It’s something that he brings and he’ll take it wherever he goes, because he has that drive,” Hudson said. “You can only be that competitive for so long, so we make sure he keeps it to the stuff that’s important.”