Army All-American Favors Gators, Vols

Published: Friday, January 14, 2005 at 1:46 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 14, 2005 at 1:46 p.m.

Gator fans are awaiting the decision of Army All-American offensive linemen Chris Scott from Lovejoy, GA.

He is expected to announce his decision soon and he has mentioned his two finalists as the Florida Gators and Tennessee Volunteers.

Scott is listed as the 10th best offensive linemen in the nation by Gator Country and the number one guard by Rivals.

He is considered a blue-chip recruit and with the loss of five Gator linemen following this season, the coaches are trying to build depth along their offensive front in this recruiting class.

Two linemen, Eddie Haupt and Ronnie Wilson, are already on campus for spring practices.

Scott's addition would be a huge boost to the Gators' class.

"He's a big kid who moves really well," said Al Hughes, Scott's high school coach. "I think he's looking for a couple things. He wants to play for a school that you would consider major and make it on a national scene. That's not the most important thing though. He's very concerned about education and talks a lot about being some type of engineer. That's not set in stone but he has mentioned that to several people. Chris is a very intelligent young man."

Scott mentioned being impressed with the engineering school at UF when he came to Gainesville on January 7.

Coach Hughes recognized that Scott's parents work for the airlines, so distance will not be a huge factor.

He said he gives his players a checklist to bring on college trips. Notably, the coaching staff is not emphasized as a major reason to choose a school.

Instead, he encourages his student-athletes to pick a school because they like the school and not just the staff.

UF's engineering program will surely play a part in Scott's decision, but he also seemed to really enjoy speaking with Coach Urban Meyer.

Hopefully for Gator fans, the staff can pull this one out as Scott would be a huge addition to the 2005 recruiting class.

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