Monday, December 31, 2012
Scales thinking about PSU walk-on offer
By Josh Moyer
Drew Scales doesn't yet hold a scholarship offer, but the athlete out of Harrisburg (Pa.) Central Dauphin swears he isn't worried.
"I have faith," the senior said matter-of-factly.
Scales holds a preferred walk-on offer from Penn State as a slot receiver, but he's also hearing more from FCS schools such as New Hampshire and James Madison. The Nittany Lions remain near the top of his list, but he's just not sure if he could turn down a scholarship offer.
Penn State's tuition cost could admittedly end up being a deciding factor.
"I don't know if I could do that right now with everything going on with my family," Scales said about heading to PSU. "I don't know if they can handle that. But if I do end up getting enough financial money and enough scholarships, that's still somewhere I want to go."
Penn State's staff initially considered offering Scales a scholarship but decided in November to instead hand him a walk-on invitation. As a result, Scales said he still feels really wanted by PSU -- and wouldn't be interested otherwise.
Another factor moving Penn State up his list was the recent commitment of his best friend since fourth grade, Central Dauphin teammate Zayd Issah. The three-star linebacker picked PSU on Dec. 9 and has been in Scales' ear ever since.
"He tries to get me to go there," Scales said with a laugh. "He's the main reason it's still in my top three. He tells me it's my choice and everything, but he wants me to go up there with him."
Scales isn't sure where he might land in two months. For now, he's just going to relax, sit back and see what comes. If it's meant to be, he said, it will happen.
"I guess I'm just going to wait and see," Scales said. "That's what it is. I'm not stressed out. Even if I'm not playing at the highest level, I feel like I did everything I could."
Scales started both ways his senior season. On offense, he carried the ball 184 times for 1,390 yards and 25 touchdowns and also made 18 catches for 300 yards and two scores. On defense, he recorded four interceptions, three fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and a blocked field goal.