June 9, 2011

Scott could add another dimension for Black Knights

Lawrence Scott and Terrence Baggett are arguably the top two running back coming directly to West Point this summer. For those who want to challenge that statement, Scott's desire to be a lawyer would make him very willing to debate the issue.

Not that he would. But he could. "All my life I've wanted to be a lawyer,'' the running back from St. Louis said Thursday. I've grown up being able to speak really well and arguing a lot. After arguing so many years I figured, 'You know what? I might as well get a job doing what I'm good at.'

"As of now I don't think that's going to change. When I argue with my friends it's usually responding to something they say. But sometimes with my family I'll argue just for the sake of arguing, because I know that I can prove a point that's probably false.''

There was no arguing where Scott would attend college. In fact, Scott said the choice was pretty easy. "I had the opportunity to go to the best academy ever, and the opportunity to play Division I football, which has always been a goal of mine. I had other offers,'' he said, "but they just didn't seem like I would get as much out of them.''

He has gotten a lot out of his talent. Not only is he a punishing runner, but this spring he finished the Missouri state track championships by taking second in the 100-meter (10.9) and third in the 200-meter.

If you want an idea about his running style, he refers you to films he has seen on Jim Brown, and games in which he has watched Adrian Peterson.

Brown, the Hall of Famer who glided his way with the Cleveland Browns, is arguably the best running back of all-time. Peterson, with the Minnesota Vikings, is currently one of the best.

"My family is a huge football family,'' Scott said. "If one of the TVs doesn't have football on it, the house is pretty much in a riot. My dad pretty much directed me and my two brothers in football, and he'd show me different running backs, guys like Marshall Falk when he was with the Rams.

"I'll watch the NFL Network and study films and watch Jim Brown. He was just amazing. He was so fast and powerful, just the way I'd like to pattern myself after.

"My speed is a great asset. If I get out on somebody,'' Scott said, "they're probably not going to catch me. But I also have relatively good size (5-11 and projecting 205). I mean, personally, I enjoy running over people. That may change in college because people will be bigger, faster and stronger, so that style may change. But I'm probably also going to change. Right now I'm a speed back who can power through holes and get there quickly, and out-run somebody.''

Home in St. Louis until reporting day in a couple of weeks, Scott continues to lift and run, saying, "I actually enjoy the heat. Hey, it is what it is. You work through it.''

Just like he has after break a wrist doing power lifting. He is on the mend, but his legs are not yet at full-strength due to having to shut down for a while.

Part of his summer has been spent helping out with a junior football team in his district, working with 6th, 7th and 8th-grade students. "It's fun to see how they improve,'' Scott said. "It's pretty easy to relate to them. Coaching running back, the position does not change. It's still the same work ethic and responsibilities. That's the focus of camp.''

Scott will be focusing on Army's football camp before long. He has been told by some of the coaches that they are expecting a lot from him. Scott has no argument with that.

"Hopefully when I get there I'll be able to perform. One thing about me,'' he said, "if somebody is ahead of me I'm gonna' go get 'em. Whoever's in front of me as far as the depth chart is concerned, however that's going down, all I can say is that whatever I'm up against I'm going to make a real effort to make sure that I'm not going against anything anymore. I really want to play.''

Even if it's special teams. "I'll play on kickoff returns. I want to take someone's spot. I wanna do something so we can finally beat Navy.''

Scott has been studying his Army football history and knows all about the rivalry, the streak, where the program has been and where it now wants to go. And he's totally on board.

"Really, I have nothing but high expectations for this team. I did my research and coach Ellerson's been able to accomplish a lot the last two years. It's really been amazing. And I've heard about the recruiting classes. I think you're really going to see a change in Army football. I think there will be a new identity, a new era.

"I mean, who knows, but this team coming up I think is gonna' be something to watch. Especially on offense.''

While he has researched the football program, Scott has also been educated on the post-grad commitment.

Understanding that aspect helped in his decision to come east. "To be honest, during the recruiting process I didn't know all that entailed. All you really think about is that it's a five-year commitment, you're going to fight and you could get killed. But on my visit,'' he explained, "I realized that not everyone goes into infantry and fights. There are different branches. After that was explained I really didn't have a problem.

"I really didn't have a problem to begin with going into infantry or anything, but I really think what people need to do is get that understanding before they turn (attending West Point) off, because yeah, it does scare people. But once they understand everything, (recruits) can make that decision for themselves.

"I was halfway there, but once I really thought about the academy as a whole, and what it's going to do for me after I graduate and complete service, walking into a new world with West Point behind your name - that's awesome.''

Go argue with that.

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