Bigger is better for Stepinac lineman Dwayne Scott
The 6-foot-1, 295-pound guard is being recruited by a list of schools that includes UVA and UTEP.
SOUTH HUNTINGTON – There was a time when Dwayne Scott was not particularly thrilled about being the big man on campus.
Playing with the older kids in Pop Warner proved to be trying for the 295-pounder, who quickly learned some difficult lessons and now anchors the offensive line at Stepinac. And while it's unlikely at this point, the 6-foot-1 guard would gladly accept one more growth spurt.
Top college programs value size.
"Dwayne is the best offensive lineman we've had at Stepinac since I've been here," Crusaders head coach Mike O'Donnell said. "He worked so hard this offseason. If he was 2 inches taller, he'd be getting recruited by everyone in the country. That being said, Dwayne does what he is asked 24/7. I have not seen a lineman in the area as good as him since Austen Fletcher at St. Anthony's and John Sullivan at Greenwich."
That is very select company.
Watch the highlight tapes and it's obvious why. Scott is a matchup problem for most defensive tackles, who either lack the size or quickness to keep him from advancing up the field in a hurry and locking on to a linebacker.
He is very thorough.
"I'm physical," said Scott, a senior who is hoping to major in communications and one day go into sports broadcasting. "I definitely believe in finishing my block."
Opponents usually end up on the ground, waiting for a whistle.
Scott was a big part of the game plan Friday as the unbeaten Crusaders headed for Long Island looking to beat St. Anthony's for the first time since 1983. He was revved up for the game more than 24 hours in advance. Scott has always played with an edge.
"I had to play with the older kids when I was younger because of my size," he said. "They knocked me around quite a bit, so it helped me develop some toughness. … I go to a different level when I'm angry so I try and get into that mindset before each game. I try to think about things I don't have."
Off the field, Scott describes himself as an even-keeled individual.
He is getting looks from a number of college programs that have taken notice of his size and remarked about his desire to succeed.
"I've heard from Virginia and UTEP," said Scott, a Bronx native who's played across the front line over the years and might end up at center next fall. "I've also gotten interest from Central Connecticut, New Hampshire and Buffalo."
There are decisions to be made, but pushing around St. Anthony's was the first priority.
"It's been 30-some years," Scott said. "If we get this win, it will solidify us as a team that is capable of winning a championship."