Gators will stay on Scott despite Clemson pledge

Scott is a member of the Rivals100 and ESPN150. (Photo by Chris Hays/The Orlando Sentinel)

Tarpon Springs East Lake wide receiver Artavis Scott pulled the trigger Tuesday at The Opening and verbally committed to Clemson over Florida and UCF.

But the UF coaches will continue to pursue the Army All-American, much like they did in 2012 with Demarcus Robinson, and another back-and-forth battle looks to be brewing between the Gators and Tigers.

Similar to Robinson, Florida was the leader for Scott early on in his recruitment. The 5-foot-11, 179-pounder took two trips to Gainesville in the spring, including a visit for the Orange & Blue Debut, and was seen by UF twice during the evaluation period.

It’s unclear whether or not Scott will take officials to other schools in the fall, but the Gators have a good chance of getting him back on campus due to his teammate and fellow WR, George Campbell. A potential five-star prospect for the class of 2015, Campbell is an admitted Gator fan and believed to be favoring Florida.

Campbell and Scott have been best friends since middle school and consider themselves brothers. The two have stated they would like to play together in college, and if Campbell is leaning toward the Gators or commits to them this year, it could cause Scott to strongly reconsider UF.

There is still seven months left until signing day and a lot can happen between now and then. Robinson, for example, made his original pledge to Clemson on July 20 and changed his mind three times before enrolling at Florida.

With UF on the outside looking for its other top targets at slot receiver, Johnnie Dixon, Speedy Noil and Stanton Truitt, Scott will continue to be a priority for the staff.


  1. I can not figure out how we lose recruits to Clemson. Muschamp has been successful at turning some of them, though. I have been to Clemson and they have nothing on UF, except for some very generous Boosters. Let them take their money and then flip to us in the end. 🙂

  2. Clemson, like So Carolina, have one thing over UF and it is the learning curve Both schools are less rigorous than UF in their classes and requirements. A kid who cares less about learning, but only cares sports, will probably take the easy way out, and that would be Clemson. Kids (and their parents) who realize the value of learning, will lean to Florida. I have heard that Clemson’s coaches use this as a recruiting tool.

  3. This kid Kentavius looks good, tough, good balance, good hands out of the back field. What year will be your signing class….2015?

    Don’t blame you for wanting to get out of Georgia. UF is defiantly a step up!

    Go Gators!

  4. Kentavious, You don’t have to worry about someone seeing those clips, Champ and his staff are very sharp in the recruiting game. I agree with Gatorjimmy on all points and I know that those clips have been or will be viewed, You will get visits and calls from THE UF soon, keep working on your game you are in. GO GATORS!!!!

  5. I hope he’s not shying away from the Gators b/c he isn’t comfortable with UF’s academic rigor. If so, then it may be for the best that he moves on to another program. Good luck to him wherever he ends up signing. He’s a Florida kid and so we wish him the best for his future.