Scott's father, coach fine with OU approach


Tahlequah (Okla.) Sequoyah football coach Brent Scott is normally more active in helping his players get recruited. He is usually calling coaches to try to help his players get noticed. But with his son, junior quarterback Brayden Scott, Brent has taken a backseat. He has answered questions about the process, but also has tried not to hover.

“I haven’t been that much involved with Brayden’s recruiting because I don’t want to be that type of father,” Brent Scott said.

Though Brent isn’t as active with his son’s recruitment, he is very pronounced in the process because of all the coaches that are calling him. One of those coaches he has talked with frequently is Oklahoma quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel.

Brent Scott, who played quarterback at Oklahoma State, never considered OU as a potential home for his son, he said. But Heupel has been in contact with the Scott family since Brayden was in the eighth grade, and there is no doubt Brayden is on the Sooners' short list for a quarterback offer for the class of 2013.

And that would be perfectly fine with Brent.

“Coach Heupel has done a heck of a job, in my opinion, of handling everything,” Brent Scott said. “From a coaching and parent standpoint, I don’t have any problems.”

This isn’t the first time Heupel has come to the small eastern Oklahoma high school. Back when OU was searching for its quarterback for the class of 2008, Heupel visited Tahlequah Sequoyah to evaluate its star signal-caller Nathan Stanley.

Stanley signed with Ole Miss before transferring to Southeastern Louisiana, while the Sooners, of course, ended up choosing a quarterback from New Mexico named Landry Jones.

“What I remember is how thorough he was. Coach Heupel spends a lot of time evaluating. He doesn’t rush the process,” Brent Scott said. “After I saw Landry play, yeah, he probably was a little better than Nathan.”

Heupel hasn’t rushed the process for this class either, even if some OU fans had hoped the quarterback situation would be finalized at this point. After four-star quarterback Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) committed to USC, there was plenty of intrigue in how the Oklahoma coaches would react.

Instead of making an immediate offer, however, Heupel told three quarterback targets that they’re in the conversation to be Oklahoma's next offer, but there would be no final decisions until he evaluated all of them in person.

Those quarterbacks -- Scott, Cody Thomas (Colleyville, Texas/Heritage) and Kelly Hilinski (Sherman Oaks, Calif./Notre Dame) -- are all set to be visited by Heupel during the evaluation period this spring, which ends May 31.

Scott's meeting with Heupel is set as Brayden confirmed OU's co-offensive coordinator will watch him throw Friday, April 27. Coming off a quality showing at the Elite 11 QB regional camp in Atlanta over the weekend, Scott should be prepared.

At 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, Scott didn’t earn an invite to the Elite 11 finals, but he was pleased with his performance as were some recruiting experts in attendance.

“I wanted to come out and represent my school and Oklahoma, and I felt I did that,” Scott said. “I didn’t reach my goal so I just have to work harder.”

Scott has been so vocal about wanting an offer from the Sooners that it has surprised his father.

“Like I’ve said before, I’m just the chauffeur,” Brent Scott said. “I’ve wanted him to experience everything he possibly can. But he really knows what he wants. And when you hear him talk about it, you see how much he wants it.”

Scott has offers from Arkansas and Clemson, among others, and also has received strong interest from Alabama. He has options, but for everybody involved, the family hopes the situation resolves itself soon.

“I’m proud of how Brayden has handled everything. I feel he has kept himself grounded,” Brent Scott said. “Something has to happen soon. OU has to make its move, and we have to make ours.”