In the May edition of Ohio High magazine, we counted down the top 112 prospects in Ohio high school football for the Class of 2008. These are players who will be seniors in the upcoming school year.
We continue the top-10 countdown today with No. 3, Cleveland Glenville WR/LB Cordale Scott.
We will provide an updated top 30 in the July issue, which is due out by July 1.
Then, we will have a completely revamped top 100 (or top 112 if warranted) with bios, summer camp performances, offers, verbals and more in the September issue, which is due out by Sept. 1.
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Here is a look at No. 3, Cordale Scott:
3. ***** Cordale Scott (6-3, 197, ATH; Cleveland Glenville)
All Ted Ginn, Sr. needs to do to promote Scott is get the first half of the Glenville-Warren Harding game out to colleges. Scott dominated the contest. He had a touchdown catch, two interceptions (one for a TD) and had a hit that forced the receiver to drop the ball.
A quarter-and-a-half is closer to the time frame it took for Scott to do this. He is an impact player on both sides of the ball. The two interceptions show a player that did not simply use his athleticism. He read the play and broke on the ball both times. On the first he was in a better position to make the play. On the second it was pure Scott. He reads the deep out and gets there before the receiver.
Scott first came on the radar as a receiver. Right now I would recruit him as a safety. He has great hands and the size advantage as a receiver but has run a 4.46-second 40-yard dash and has the frame of a player that is going to get a lot bigger. I say safety but I list him as an athlete. That is because what I really think when I see Scott is the size, the athleticism and the aggressiveness.
A few years ago Ohio State had a player with a very similar build name Tim Cheatwood. He came in as a receiver, moved to safety then to linebacker. By the time he earned playing time he was a defensive end. Javon Kearse had an almost identical body and came out of high school as a receiver.
Gaines Adams was a highly touted pick in the 2007 NFL draft. He was this size and came to college as a receiver. I think Scott is highly likely to follow the same path. I see him as a safety and possibly a linebacker, but I am not going to be surprised to see him wind up as a defensive end.
Scott, who holds a 3.1 GPA, has offers from Ohio State, Iowa and Wisconsin. With the recent Glenville-to-Ohio State pipeline (11 signees in the last six years), most believe Ohio State has the inside track. But Scott is on the Ted Ginn Sr. Bus Tour and figures to receive offers as a result of that. He also listed interest in USC, Michigan and Florida.
Here is a look at the previous installments in this series:
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