As a junior, Cincinnati (Ohio) Colerain 2014 linebacker Tegray Scales took a supporting role to four-star senior Joe Bolden. With Bolden off to college, Scales' time is now and the junior has taken advantage of his opportunity.
"Last year I was at fullback and they called me down to defense to try some linebacker," Scales said. "I did okay - I didn't stand out like Bolden."
The 6-foot-2, 212-pound Scales has stood out this season, registering 45 tackles thus far from his linebacker spot. He leads Colerain into the first round of the playoffs this weekend to face nationally ranked Cincinnati St. Xavier.
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While Scales has been doing his thing on the field for Colerain, college coaches have started to take notice and have begun recruiting the junior linebacker.
"I went on a couple visits and I have been getting letters and talking to coaches," Scales said. "UC is showing a lot of interest in me right now. Notre Dame sent me some stuff this week. Illinois has talked to me, Louisville has talked to me and I took a trip up to Ohio State to watch a game up there.
Scales has already attended a game at Cincinnati. He also was at Ohio State's home opener against Miami-Ohio and continues to keep in regular contact with Buckeyes assistant coach Kerry Coombs, a former head coach at Colerain.
While in-state schools have shown the most interest in Scales so far, he does hope his recruitment takes a national tone as it progresses.
"I would like to hear something from Oregon. That's my favorite school," Scales said. "I just love the Ducks. They are always one of the better teams in the nation and of course I like their uniforms too."