March 17, 2009

Rams sights set firmly on Scott

When Colorado State's football team named former Ram Darrell Ballard a graduate assistant, they were getting more than someone to help them with their receivers, they were gaining a pipeline directly to Ontario, Calif. wide receiver and four-star prospect Kenneth Scott.

Ballard played at Colorado State in the 1990's and was announced as a graduate assistant this month. Among his first duties will be helping the Rams to recruit Scott, whom he coached at Colony High School.

"My feeling (when I found out Ballard was leaving for Colorado State) was I was happy for him, as I know it is the best thing for his family," Scott said. "But it seems like he is still coaching me. He is still giving me the knowledge and coaching I need to become a better person and a better player."

That last line could be scary for Colony opponents in 2009. Scott caught 31 passes for 655 yards and five touchdowns last season in just seven games. Scott, whose injured ankle kept him out of play for part of the season, is 6-foot-3, 190 pounds and features a 4.5 time in the 40-yard dash as well as a 315-pound bench press and a 405-pound squat.

While Ballard may be the most familiar coach to contact Scott from Colorado State, he is hardly the only one. Rams' offensive coordinator Greg Peterson has been in constant contact with Scott, as well as Larry Lewis.

"Coach Peterson has been telling me wide receiver stuff and things I can work on," Scott said. "I have been taking it upon myself and putting effort into it. Coach Lewis is making sure my mind is on Colorado State. He is a real cool guy - he is funny. Coach Ballard was my wide receivers coach and me and him have a real tight bond."

Scott will likely also be gaining more attention from college coaches after attending a series of camps this winter and next spring. Scott was at an agility camp for college-bound seniors this weekend led by Mike Victor, involving agility drills, 1-on-1 drills and 7-on-7 drills. He will also be attending a Nike camp at San Diego State, as well as camps at UCLA and USC this summer. Scott added he may also attend one out-of-state camp as well.

Thus far the Rams are the only school who has offered a scholarship to Scott, but far from the only school to keep in contact with the Colony receiver, who is also taking phone calls and receiving letters from San Diego State, Utah, Washington, Washington State, Colorado, UCLA, Michigan, Florida State, Oregon and Cal, among others. Scott said Utah, Colorado State, San Diego State, Washington, Washington State, Cal and UCLA are currently standing apart from the rest of the field. San Diego State has caught his attention because of an assistant coach he has a bond with, as well as the fact they play in an NFL stadium - Qualcomm Stadium. Washington also got kudos for its campus beauty, as well as the new offense Coach Steve Sarkasian has brought to Seattle.

"Those schools have the coaches I like," Scott said. "We have a bond and I feel comfortable around them."

"I really like Colorado State - that is my first school right there," Scott said. "It is too early to pick a school though, so I am going to go with the flow."

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