During Cordale Scott's senior season at Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio, 6-foot-3, 215-pound wide receiver was one of the most highly sought after recruits in the state. Schools across the nation flocked to Ted Ginn Sr's program, in part due to the talented pass catcher.
Scout.com rated Cordale Scott as a four-star prospect, the No. 37-ranked receiver in the United States. Scott's impressive play helped the wide out land scholarship offers from programs like Ohio State, Wisconsin and Iowa before ultimately settling on an offer from the University of Illinois.
After two seasons in Champaign-Urbana, Illi., though, the fit didn't seem right to Scott, who finished the season without a catch but did record a fumble recovery for Illinois. As a result, as the season wound to a close, so too did Scott's time with Illinois. Just days ago the university released Scott from his scholarship.
Scott immediately put together a short list of schools in which he would consider to finish out his collegiate football career. The University of Toledo made the short list, and, after visiting the Rockets campus on Friday, Scott has informed the staff of his intention to join the Rockets football program.
"I felt that I needed to be closer to home. I wanted to be closer to my family, so my time at Illinois is up. I decided to go to the University of Toledo. I love the staff and the family they have there. I love the receiver coach, Coach Candle, and Coach Beckman, he recruited me to Ohio State when I was a sophomore. I just thought it was a better fit for me at a smaller school with great facilities. I can come in and be around guys that I know from the Cleveland area. I just feel more comfortable and at home."
Scott also considered Akron and Bowling Green before settling on the Rockets, but Toledo was the only school that Scott planned on visiting. Ultimately, while schools further from home were certainly interested, it was being near his son and mother that influenced Scott's final decision.
"I have to care for my family," Scott said. "I have to be the man of my family. I have a son at home, that played a great role. Just being there for my mom, a single parent mom, she needs me. It was difficult for my family to come see my games financially. They can't travel every game I had at Illinois. It's just a better fit being closer to home."
This weekend Scott got his first glimpe into life as a Rocket with a visit to the Toledo campus. The end of the semester made for a subdued atmosphere, but Scott was still able to get a feel for his new home.
"For it being finals week, it was really just kind of a chill weekend," Scott continued. "We did see the new indoor (facility). We met with the coaches. I went to Coach Beck's house and just hung around and got to know everybody. It's my second time going through this so I knew what to look for and what I want. We really didn't do too much, just normal recruiting stuff."
Scott must sit the 2010 season as a transfer, but will have junior eligibility when he takes the field in the Glass Bowl in 2011. Stay tuned to Rocket Digest as we continue to bring the latest in Toledo Rocket football.
EDIT: As of 11:00 p.m. Rocket Digest has learned that Cordale Scott is appealing for immediate eligibility. Check back for the latest as we continue to track down this recent development.
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