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Brayden Scott staying patient with Sooners

4/2/2012

When you’re as talented as quarterback Brayden Scott (Tahlequah, Okla./Sequoyah), it can be tough to hear that you’re second choice. But Scott, joined by a small group of other signal-callers, is a secondary option for Oklahoma when it comes recruiting quarterbacks for the class of 2013.

The Sooners have made it clear that it's potential five-star QB Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) ... and then everybody else.

Scott, 6-foot-2, 200 pounds and on the ESPNU Watch List, wasn’t familiar with the OU campus at this time last year. He was, however, familiar with OU quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel as he had been talking with Heupel since Scott was in the eighth grade.

A lot has changed for Scott, who saw the Sooners play twice last season. He attended OU’s first junior day on Feb. 4 and was back on campus Friday for an unofficial visit.

“It was one of those days where I got to go into the meetings room and see how everything went,” Scott said. “I got to talk to Landry Jones, Drew Allen and Blake Bell.

“I walked around with the quarterbacks in spring practice. I got to act like an OU quarterback Friday. It was something I could see myself doing for the next four years.”

Scott spent a lot of time talking with Heupel and OU coach Bob Stoops. But Scott said the opportunity to talk about his offer status never really came up in their conversation.

“It was on my list of things to talk about with Heupel, but it wasn’t really a business day, you know,” Scott said. “We didn’t really talk about things like that at all.”

Scott understands Browne is OU’s first choice, and he is trying to accept that. He said his opinion of OU has not changed, and that he hopes to earn an OU offer but knows it is something he cannot control.

Scott is trying to stay patient and follow the words that he told himself when the recruiting process started.

“I told myself from the beginning to not have a favorite team,” he said. “Most likely your favorite team isn’t going to pick you. You can’t get too high, you can’t get too low. It’s a business decision. I know they’re looking at Max just like I know they’re looking at me.”

Scott had planned to take an unofficial visit to Alabama last weekend until he realized that his trip fell on spring break and that he already had others plans. Scott said he hopes to visit the Crimson Tide within the next couple of weeks.

Up next for Scott is another visit to Arkansas. He is out of school Friday and he spoke with Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino, who invited Scott to make the trip.

Scott has been known for his willingness to go just about anywhere, and he still has that attitude in April. He is not sure which spring games he will see, but he knows every weekend in April he is either going to be at a game or a recruiting camp.

“I don’t want to slow down. I want to enjoy this process for as long as I can and see everything I need to see,” Scott said.

Scott has offers from Arkansas, Missouri and Clemson, among others, and said Houston and Florida State have entered the picture, too.