The reputed “fastest football player in Georgia” says UGA is his No. 1 choice.
Mitchell County wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley told the AJC that the Bulldogs are his leader, ahead of Louisville, Wake Forest, South Carolina and Michigan (in that particular order). All but Michigan have offered the 6-foot, 190-pound speedster. He has nine total offers.
“Yes, sir, Georgia is my No. 1,” he said. “With me being from (the state), Georgia Bulldogs football has always been a big thing around where I live. I really like the coaches at Georgia. They are going to be low in numbers with wide receivers, so it’s a good place to come in and play early. Plus, Georgia said they will allow me to run track.”
What about Georgia Tech? Scott-Wesley committed to Stanford last fall, but it was a February offer from Georgia Tech that caused him to de-commit and open up recruiting again. Scott-Wesley is an Honor Student with a 3.5 GPA.
“They didn’t make my top five,” he said. “The offense really killed it for them. Georgia Tech uses a Wing-T offense, and I am a wide receiver, so it really doesn’t match well with me.”
Scott-Wesley said that Georgia Tech’s coaches are trying to change his mind, saying that they will find creative ways to get him the football. “They said they would use me at A-Back, and also at wide receiver. They would get me involved in both the passing and running game … but I don’t know about all of that.”
Scott-Wesley earned his speedy reputation for his stellar performance in track. Last year, he won the Class AA championship in the 200 meters, while finishing runner-up to his teammate in the 100.
This year, Scott-Wesley is undefeated in both 100 and 200, including significant head-to-head wins against Carver-Columbus High’s Isaiah Crowell (the state’s No. 1-ranked tailback prospect) and Carrollton High junior Broderick Snoody. Scott-Wesley’s fastest time is 10.64 seconds in the 100 and 21.63 seconds in the 200.
In football, Scott-Wesley is called “Mr. Excitement” by Mitchell County’s fans. He primarily lines up at wide receiver, but also may appear in the offensive backfield at quarterback or tailback. He also starts on defense at cornerback. Two weeks ago, he legally had his last name changed from Scott to Scott-Wesley to represent his father’s side of the family.
Wide receiver is a top priority for Georgia’s 2011 recruiting class, with the Bulldogs considering signing as many as three at the position.
Scott-Wesley was scheduled to attend last Saturday’s G-Day game, but had to cancel because of a death in the family.
If Georgia is his clear leader, what is holding up Scott-Wesley from committing? “When I committed to Stanford, I realized I made a rash decision. I needed more time to think things out … and I still do. I’m trying to get out and see more schools before announcing my decision. I really want to take all five official visits next year.”