Justin Scott-Wesley plans for fast-ending to recruitment

Justin Scott-Wesley, one of the fastest football players in the state, plans to make his football announcement after defending his 200-meter dash title at the state meet in Jefferson on Saturday. (Special photo)

Justin Scott-Wesley, one of the fastest football players in the state, plans to make his football announcement after defending his 200-meter dash title at the state meet in Jefferson on Saturday. (Special photo)

Justin Scott-Wesley plans to make public his college choice after the Class AA 200-meter dash finals this Saturday at the state track championships in Jefferson.

This immediately tells us two things about the Mitchell County football star: One, he must be very fast; and two, he must be very confident. After all, making the finals in any state championship is hardly a given.

The answer is yes on both counts.

“I’ve got a lot of confidence in what I do,” Scott-Wesley admitted. “I have come to a decision and I feel like everybody should be told. And I just thought, what better time to make your decision known than in the limelight of the state meet?”

The 200 is actually Scott-Wesley’s third event of the day on Saturday. He is also competing in the 100-meter dash and the 4×100-meter relay.

In fact, Scott-Wesley, the defending state champion in the 200 meters, has the fastest time of the Class AA qualifiers (21.68). But he’s got competition. Whether Scott-Wesley’s standing on the top podium at the end of the race will likely come down to Brooks County’s Chris Jones (21.71).

Scott-Wesley also has Class AA’s fastest 100-meter time — and second overall in the state — at 10.52. He’s hoping for a 10.2 on Saturday.

So, yes, he’s fast.

But what podium he makes his announcement from is not the point, Scott-Wesley said.

“They’ve got me projected to win it but, you know, you still have to go out there and run,” he said. “I’m going to try to see if they’ll give me the mic while I’m on the podium. If they can’t do that then I guess I’ll just throw on a hat.”

The general consensus is that Scott-Wesley will pick the Georgia Bulldogs. At least that’s what he was saying a month ago when he first trimmed his list to a top five and topped it with the Dogs. But this close to the big reveal he’s not offering any hints. And his “Fave Five” then is a “Fab Four” now and has changed somewhat. He lists Georgia along with South Carolina, Wake Forest and Stanford.

“The criteria for me is which school is going to give me the best education and get me a degree in a field I want to go into,” said Scott-Wesley, who wants to major in “something in the sciences. “That and the school that gives me the best feeling, the one that’s just the most comfortable for me and I’m closest with the coaching staff.”

At one time Scott-Wesley thought that school was Stanford. He actually committed to the Cardinal last December. But he backed off that decision this past February and re-opened his recruitment.

“I was just looking at it from an academic standpoint,” said Scott-Wesley, an honors student with a 3.6 core GPA. “I knew they were one of the best schools in the country but I wasn’t looking at it from an overall standpoint. I wasn’t thinking about it from the standpoint of living in California.”

Scott-Wesley could have prolonged his decision. He recently reached double figures in scholarship offers and more are surely on their way. But the recruiting process is beginning to wear on him just a bit.

“It’s had its ups and downs,” he said. “It’s fun when you get to go out and go on trips and get to meet new people and see new places. But it can get tiresome when coaches are telling you basically what you want to hear. You know they’re just trying to get you to come to their school. But it’s been mostly fun.”

Scott-Wesley said he actually made his mind up the weekend before last and credits it to divine inspiration.

“I went to church and I had been praying about it and I asked God to send me a sign,” he said. “I woke up the next day and, well, I saw a sign. I talked to my pastor about it and he was telling me that’s the word of God. So I just felt comfortable then.”

Whomever lands Scott-Wesley (5-11, 190) will be getting a versatile athlete that could play almost anywhere. His coach at Mitchell County, Dondrial Pinkins, plans to play him at defensive back, linebacker, wide receiver, tailback and kick returner.

“I would say I’m an offensive utility guy,” Scott-Wesley said. “I can play wide receiver or DB. The schools I’ve been talking to have been looking at me mostly as a receiver and special teams. But I’m mainly an offensive guy. My primary position would be receiver.”

Primarily, he’s fast.

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71 comments Add your comment

Gravy Train

May 12th, 2010
3:51 pm

Gonna be a Dawg! CMR and the Good Lord are tight.

Dan

May 12th, 2010
3:51 pm

So using UGA fans’ logic, the fact that he is being recruited by Wake means he must not be that good.

Good luck to the kid, wherever he signs.

northgadawg

May 12th, 2010
4:01 pm

Saban dooley and richt went to heaven saban asked gos if he could use the phone god said it’ll be 1000 dollars so he paid it then dooley asked god said it’ll be 1000 dollars and he paid it richt then asks and god said it’ll be 35 cents saban and dooley got mad and asked why he only had to pay 35 cents god said its a local call to athens. god bless st richt and the fine young men he is recruiting

TuckDAWG

May 12th, 2010
4:17 pm

will be really surprised if he ends up a DAWG with the rumors of LeMay’s boy thinking UGA and already having Conely commited but hey the more the better i hope he is a DAWG come man be part of the best recruiting class UGA has ever seen oh it’s coming bet on it GATA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BullDawg Rick

May 12th, 2010
4:21 pm

Justin Scott-Wesley – Welcome to the Dawg Nation!!

Paddy

May 12th, 2010
4:25 pm

This kid is very interesting on many fronts. Sounds like a two-way player to me. Keep that speed on the field.

258DAWG

May 12th, 2010
4:47 pm

You got to love a WR with the last name Scott coming to UGA, I can hear it now.
It’s time boys and girls, get your popcorn ready!

GO DAWGS!!!!

Nashville4UGA

May 12th, 2010
5:38 pm

Dan, he’s being recruited by some big schools..Alabama’s Kirby Smart must think he’s good because he is recruiting him.

McDawg

May 12th, 2010
6:24 pm

we got some burners coming up

BKbroila

May 12th, 2010
6:30 pm

He’s the fastest Rascal I have ever seen….you can’t coach speed…that is a fact

Dawg man

May 12th, 2010
6:40 pm

Come on to uga. With all this talent we can’t help but be the National Champs the next 6 years. Already heard 3-4 teams are going to forfeit rather than be run off the field by the dawgs

1eyedJack

May 12th, 2010
6:43 pm

You can’t coach speed.

BKbroila

May 12th, 2010
6:48 pm

tuckDawg…trust me, 3 prime receivers in One class is not too much…How many did we get this time around? 1 with exception of Lonnie Outlaw who won’t be here for another year!!! We need some folks who can fly and catch the football…Go Dawgs

Pi$$onaDAWG

May 12th, 2010
7:15 pm

So, when a Track Star drops .03 off his time it didn’t have anything to do with coaching? Damn, I will stop giving my money to the Olympic Partners to house and COACH the Athelets. Well, because you can’t Coach SPEED. My Grandchild is the smartest in his Pre-K class. I guess you can’t get smarter either so we will just take him out of school and put him in NASA tomarrow.

Pi$$onaDAWG

May 12th, 2010
7:22 pm

Kid has two Great schools and two State schools. Does he want to be a Democrate and govt. employee teaching School, coaching football, finding section 8 housing? Does he want a shot at a real JOB and become a republican? Wake and Stanford offer so so much more than UGA and So. Carolina.

dc

May 12th, 2010
7:31 pm

Hey Pi$$,…..UGA grad and I have 4 ACC guys working for me( 2 tech 1 wake, 1 Duke)……and I am a republican also…what a tool you are

not so fast my friend

May 12th, 2010
7:35 pm

But what does that say about what Tech offers? Huh, pissonadawg?

not so fast my friend

May 12th, 2010
7:36 pm

I know, let him go to UGA. If Tech is not offering or in the consideration, he must not be too good, right?

1eyedJack

May 12th, 2010
7:43 pm

Three one hundredths of a second huh Pi$$? Whoopdedoo. That’ll make a huge differnce on the football field want it? Did you need your slide rule to figure that out? I don’t mean to be harsh, but let’s face it, you are one pathetic loser. No offense.

DDPO

May 12th, 2010
8:09 pm

That’s ok DC…. I had a UGA grad pick up my trash this morning.

Pope UGA XXIII

May 12th, 2010
8:22 pm

Pi$$onaDawg obviously has tee-teed in his own wheeties
to make a stupid comment like he posted earlier today.

Small Johnson

May 12th, 2010
8:27 pm

Justin Scott-Wesley

Let me make it simple for you.

Do you want to continue to play in a highschool stadium that is never filled until UGA comes a calling.

Do you want to go to a place where fans never support their team.

Just take a look at Techs blog and UGA’s blog, there is 3 times more posts on UGA than Techs

So really go to a place where sports mean something and where the media recognize a true athletic program. UGA baby yea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Delbert D.

May 12th, 2010
8:29 pm

Dondrial Pinkins played at South Carolina.

Vick=Dog killing Thug

May 12th, 2010
8:36 pm

Welcome to the bulldawg nation young man! (Hopefully)

wifebeater

May 12th, 2010
8:41 pm

COME TO S.C. WE WILL BEAT THE CRAP OUT OF GA IN 2010. YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST!

Red

May 12th, 2010
8:49 pm

Reminds me of two other players that played multiple positions; Champ Bailey and Hines Ward.

silly uga fans

May 12th, 2010
8:51 pm

Small Johnson,
Did you really just try to convince a kid to go to UGA because it’s so-called fan base posts comments here? Did you even read the article? He did not even mention GT as one of his top schools and no GT fan has said anything on here about choose GT over UGA. Your are such a tool and I am sure most of the UGA fans are ashamed everytime you post.

Justin good luck in what ever school you attend. If it is UGA I hope you pull a hammy in late november.

silly uga fans

May 12th, 2010
8:54 pm

One other thing if the media loves UGA so much more than GT then why are you not in the preseason top 25 or any sportwriters top 25?

Small Johnson

May 12th, 2010
8:54 pm

Im confused isnt this suppose to be a Tech blog?

I always get confused like this when I go to Bubba Dump stadium to watch UGA and for some unknown reason I feel as if UGA has purchased a highschool stadium at North Ave to play 1 game every other yr

Small Johnson

May 12th, 2010
9:00 pm

silly uga fans

Seriously Im a tool.

Yet you hope this kid pulls a hammy and yet you think UGA fans should be ashamed of me.

Your a punk for hoping the kid gets hurt.

Your a typical Tech fan. Thats how your program roles just like you punks injured Zeir in his last game when your player rolled him.

Its ok though your going to get a beat down from the non 25 rated team punk

P.S Ealey just scored again

silly uga fans

May 12th, 2010
9:06 pm

Why would it be a GT blog on a UGA possible recruit? I know you like to troll the GT blog so much you must get confused and because you seem to have no life and suffer from some sort of self esteem issues, but I promise it will be okay UGA will eventually do something and you can brag about something other than the GT vs UGA rivalry? Just can’t understand why that means anything to fans like you since as you have pointed out many times GT is a nerdy high school team and means nothing on the national scale?

Small Johnson

May 12th, 2010
9:08 pm

silly head

Thinks for your last sentence confirmation. Hopefully the rest of your 58 fans will come to reality just like you have.

Oh I guess you have no life as well for typing a post on here

Small Johnson

May 12th, 2010
9:09 pm

Ealey

Down the sidlelines and scores again

SEC FANATIC

May 12th, 2010
9:13 pm

I don’t know about some of these comments, Urban Meyer seems to “coach” speed pretty darned good!

silly uga fans

May 12th, 2010
9:14 pm

Work on your reading comprehension skills. Anybody with any commen sense would have read that as the joke it was intended, hence that is why I said “hammy” not fracture your femur. Pretty much tells me your are the typical sit on your sofa and talk about sports instead of playing them type of guy. Usually a hammy pull can be stretched out so that in no way is me hoping this kids suffers some serious injury.You really don’t want to talk about causing injuries when we all know there was no reason for the two UGA players to be pulling on Nesbit like he was a wishbone when he was down and then yelling and cussing at GT coaches and trainers as they came on the field. Maybe UGA wins this year maybe they don’t both teams have a lot to improve on and luckily have plenty of time to work out the kinks before playing.

NERD ALERT !!!!!!!!...........

May 12th, 2010
9:17 pm

RUN FOR COVER !!!! ……AHHHHHHHH !!!!!!!. LOOOOOSERS ARE BACK…..AHHHHH !!!!!!!!!!!

Small Johnson

May 12th, 2010
9:17 pm

Im sure Coach Small Johnson has other fish to fry than UGA!!!!!

Gdawg

May 12th, 2010
10:00 pm

I’ve watched this guy play in person and he is a beast. his main thing is his speed he blew past our secondary(jones county high) but im kinda worried he’s getting too much credit he did have two drop but he is well worth bein a dawg

sic’em dawgs

Big L

May 12th, 2010
10:14 pm

In the immortal words of that little red headed feller from Blindside. “Speed kills baby!”

First Man

May 12th, 2010
10:33 pm

HEY DC–you ar gonna PO some of my friends. You know I am a Tech grad and your boss. I hired you and the 2 Tech guys and the Wake and the Duke guy. You may be a republican but if it wasn’t for your good looking wife, you would have been gone a long time ago.

Truth

May 12th, 2010
10:54 pm

He’s looking for an ‘academic’ school and is considering uga? LOL! He must really not be that bright… Good luck to him where ever he ends up.

Dawgforlife

May 12th, 2010
10:54 pm

I get so tired of the attacks on the scholastic integrity of the University of Georgia. I am the first to admit Tech is a fine school; however, it is a Technical school…very fine engineering degrees, management degree; however, if you want any degree outside of those, it simply is not offered. That is nothing against Tech. It just is not a liberal arts university. If you want a degree in journalism, education, law, music, dramatic arts, history, english, any of the sciences not dealing directly in engineering, or any other degree I could name offered in liberal arts, you cannot choose Tech because those degrees simply are not offered. As good a school as it is, and it is a very fine school, you simply have to go elsewhere. If you are one of those folk who choose a different degree path than what Tech has, there is no disgrace in the hard work it take to obtain a college degree from any accredited school. The University of Georgia is a place to get a true college education in various fields, and is a good school in its own right. We have both a fine liberal arts college, and school of Technology in this state.

Seriously

May 12th, 2010
10:59 pm

Tennessee once had the fastest FB player in Leonard Scott.
Boy – he could run! Sadly, dropped passes were the problem
keeping him off the field. Speed is just 1 part of the game
but I guess it helps.

Gravy Train

May 12th, 2010
11:10 pm

Dfl- you forgot the two most common majors for Tech athletes: Undecided and Remedial Studies.

Gravy Train

May 12th, 2010
11:11 pm

Ask Reggie Ball just how difficult the created majors are for Tech athletes. Dude has a hard time counting to four, or so I hear.

UGA owns you tasty bees..

May 13th, 2010
12:56 am

Reggie Ball fourth and dumb..

UGA owns you tasty bees..

May 13th, 2010
12:57 am

One of the funniest plays of all time

Red Dog 77

May 13th, 2010
1:11 am

LOGIC, LOGIC, LOGIC………….So Delbert D. says [ drum role in the background] Justin Scott-Wesley’s coach, Dontrial Pinkins played football at South Carolina……….Whoa Nellie !!!……………………..Could that possibly mean he’ll go there ? Not no, but, Hell no……..Just ask yourself one question, after considering the young man is quite smart……….Who is going to be tossing the tater to him ?………You can get a great education at most universities nowadays if you apply yourself……..so education won’t be the factor. Where will this young man find the prettiest spirals thrown in college football ?…………Welcome to The University Of Georgia Football Program, Justin Scott-Wesley………GATA….SIC’ ‘EM WOOOF……….WOOOF…………WOOOOF……..WOOOF !!!!!!!!!!

tennesse's hope went with kiffin

May 13th, 2010
2:50 am

DAN seems sad. frowny face.

hiveredtech

May 13th, 2010
7:10 am

Just think….this kid at one time had made the intelligent decision to grab a Stanford education and would still have a shot at the NFL.

Instead…he has decided to be just another receiver and just another state school educationally…and one that has not had a first round NFL draft pick at WR in a long long time. He is even topping it off with a silly announcement at a track meet…think the other track competitors give a rip?

How do you go from wanting a Stanford education to all of this? He is getting some bad advice from someone. I hope it works out for him.