Navy gets home run threat with WR Scott

Craig Scott

Craig Scott was set to be a Vandal on January 4th. That was before the 6-foot-2, 180-pound wide receiver from Kansas City, Mo., was extended an offer from Navy's Mick Yokitis. After an official visit to Annapolis, Scott was singing a different tune. Instead of heading to the Great Northwest for Idaho, Scott will be playing on the east coast at the Naval Academy.

Craig Scott was set to be a Vandal on January 4th. That was before the 6-foot-2, 180-pound wide receiver from Kansas City, Mo. was extended an offer from Navy's Mick Yokitis. After an official visit to Annapolis, Scott was signing a different tune. Instead of heading to the Great Northwest for Idaho, Scott will be playing on the east coast at the Naval Academy.

"Coach Yokitis just offered me a week prior to my visit," said Craig Scott. "There wasn't a whole lot of recruiting involved. When I went up there for my official visit, it went really well. The Academy recruits itself. They answered all of my questions about how it's going to be when I get there. What I liked most about it was the coaches and the players. Hayden Maples, a wide receiver from North Carolina, was my host. He took me to one of his classes and to the dorms. I got a good feel for what life would be like at the Academy for the next four years as a student athlete.

"It's going to be a challenge. My father was a JROTC guy and he's talked to me about the disciplined way of life. I feel like I'm doing a service to my country and I'm ready for the challenge."

Scott selected Navy over offers from Idaho, Iowa State, Nichols State, South Dakota, and Tulsa. Number 15 on for the Park Hill South Panthers, Scott is well-known in the Kansas City area for his being a home run threat every time his number is called.

"When Coach Yokitis offered me," Scott said, "he was most impressed with my ability to stretch the field, my YAC, being able to catch the ball at its highest point, and my speed.

"This year I was voted first team All-State by the coaches and the media. I was also recognized as the best wide receiver in the Kansas City metro area. I had 1300 yards, 70 catches, and 20 touchdowns on the season."

On the 2012 season, Scott was definitely the Panthers go-to-guy. He had more than 63-percent of the total receiving yards on the team. He led his team to the Missouri Class 5 District 8 championship game, but fell to Staley in early November.

Scott will have a ceremony at his high school on National Signing Day, but said he won't official sign the letter of intent until he goes to his church in Kansas City for a 6:30 P.M. CT gathering in his honor.

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