TAHLEQUAH — Now that the door has essentially been shut on Brayden Scott's chances to play quarterback at Oklahoma, the Sequoyah-Tahlequah senior-to-be has turned his attention to the 14 — and the number continues to grow — colleges that have made him offers.
Colleyville, Texas, quarterback Cody Thomas' commitment to the Sooners last week means they are probably done recruiting the position for 2013.
“As an Oklahoma high school quarterback, you always want to go to OU or OSU,” said Scott, who is No. 3 on The Oklahoman's Super 30.
“But Oklahoma was first class in the way they handled everything.”
Scott has known OU co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel since he went to a camp in Norman as an eighth grader.
“It kind of stuck me a little bit,” Scott said. “But I understand it, and you've got to move on.
“Now that OU's out of the way, I can get a feel for all of the colleges. When OU was still a possibility, I really wasn't worried about all of them; I was worried about OU. When one door closes, one door opens.”
One situation to watch with Scott is Arkansas. Then-offensive coordinator Garrick McGee and coach Bobby Petrino made the Razorbacks one of the first teams to offer Scott a scholarship last year, but now the situation is “iffy,” Scott said.
McGee left to take the head coaching position at Alabama-Birmingham, and Petrino was fired last month.
“So really, now I'm just another recruit,” Scott said. “But I'm still a possibility, and I'm thankful for that.”
Scott grew up half his life in Arkansas, and has watched several games there.
“I would consider myself being a home state recruit,” he said. “I've grown up watching the Hogs.
“Matt Jones, Darren McFadden, Peyton Hillis; I've seen it all. If there was one favorite team, that would have to be it. I've always been a Hog.”
He hopes to get more clarity on where he stands with Arkansas soon. Scott said he's not ready to narrow his list or even think about committing yet.
Scott said: “If somebody had a gun to my head right now and said, ‘Choose ...'”
He thought for a moment.
“They'd have to shoot me, I guess, because I have no idea.”