At the recent Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison passing tournament last Saturday, we had a chance to see several of the top quarterback prospects in the West region. One of the standouts was Corona (Calif.) Centennial's Matt Scott who talked to us after the tournament about his showing and his commitment to Arizona.
At the NIKE Camp back in May, we measured Scott at 6-, 185 pounds. Seeing him on Saturday, the signal caller was noticeably bigger in the chest, shoulders and arms and said he has been spending a lot of time in the weight room.
"I've gained about 10 pounds, I weight 195 right now," Scott said. "Our team as a whole spends a lot of time working out and I feel really good right now. My arm feels great and I think our team is ready."
We saw Scott at both the EA SPORTS Elite 11 workout at Cal and the NorCal NIKE Camp the following day. He was solid both days but threw the ball with more zip and accuracy this past weekend at Edison. He threw a few slant routes that were by the defenders before they could even turn their head.
Scott also showed nice touch on some of his deep balls putting plenty of air underneath them and allowing his receivers time to run under the pass. He still needs some work mechanically but that's one of the big things we like so much about Scott, he's far from a finished product and has a ton of room for growth.
Unlike a lot of the quarterbacks in the region, Scott has not benefited from years of working with a quarterback coach. He does so much just on his raw, physical ability and once he gets in to a college system and irons out a few things, his room for growth is higher than just about anyone. For example, Scott gets little depth on his drops and throws almost flat footed rather than staying on his toes. He's still able to rifle balls in because of his quick release and superior arm strength but it just shows how good Scott will be down the line.
As for his commitment to the Cats, we were caught somewhat off guard by the timing of the decision. We had talked to the family a few weeks before the commitment and it always sounded like Arizona State was a school that Scott was very high on.
"I liked ASU a lot but they were waiting to see what Sean Renfree was going to do before they would offer me," Scott said. "I like them and Arizona pretty equally but I felt like more of a priority at Arizona so it really came down to Arizona and Minnesota.
"I visited Minnesota and really liked it a lot but Arizona was closer to home and I'm kind of a warm weather guy. I loved the campus and the football facilities at Arizona and I think it's a place I'll be able to come in and compete for playing time right away.
"Since I committed, ASU has offered and is still recruiting me. They asked me to keep the door open for them but I'm solid with Arizona and I'm excited to be a Wildcat. It's a great fit for me and I think I'll do well there."