Artavis Scott is one of the top recruits in Florida. The consensus four-star out of Tampa (Fla.) East Lake High School is an excellent slot receiver prospect with great speed, quickness and strength.
I caught up with Scott at the IMG 7-on-7 Southeast Championships. Scott's team had just lost, and he wasn't in a talkative mood. But he did offer an update on his recruitment.
"Playing 7-on-7 helps me a lot. Going against these boys makes me work on my game even harder."
Scott now sits at 26 offers, his latest being Oregon. He'll likely visit the Ducks this summer when he is in town for Nike's The Opening 2013.
Scott recently visited the Michigan Wolverines. It was his third trip to see the Wolverines, and his teammate, Mason Cole, is committed to Michigan. He enjoyed the experience and was able to take in all of Michigan's tradition. Plus, Scott hung out with the players and got a better feel for the program.
He also visited Florida for the Gators' spring game. Florida's spring game was essentially a situtional practice due to a number of injuries, but Scott said that he enjoyed his time there and has a good idea about the Gators' program.
"With Florida, it's just Florida. There ain't nothing much you can say more about it, it's Florida," he said.
While he didn't want to name any favorites, it's clear that Michigan and the Gators are both high on his list.
So are two more in-state programs: Florida State and Miami. He noted that he talks a lot with Florida State's Lawrence Dawsey, the Seminoles' Tampa recruiter. Scott wants to visit Miami at the end of the month.
Scott would like to hear from one more program: Oklahoma State. He says that the Cowboys throw the ball a lot and put receivers into the NFL.
While he wasn't too talkative about his recruiting, he was eager to discuss special teams. Scott is a tremendous punt and kick returner, and is very good at blocking kicks and punts as well, thanks to his ability to explode off the line of scrimmage and stay low.
"I just love special teams. I make things happen, and I know I can get on the field early and make a difference on special teams."
Scott wants to commit at the U.S. Army All-American Game in January.