May 14, 2010

Scott-Wesley ready to make choice

JEFFERSON - Mitchell County wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley is all ready to make his verbal commitment during the award ceremony following the 200-meter dash come Saturday's final day of the Georgia Olympics state track meet.

He just hopes the public address announcer inside the press box at Memorial Stadium will cooperate with what he's got in mind.

"I'm going to try and get up on the podium and announce it if they'll let me get the microphone for a second," Scott-Wesley said Friday in an exclusive interview with UGASports. "But if they won't, I'll just throw on a hat."

Either way, the former Stanford commitment figures to make it official during the awards ceremony which figures to take place between 5 and 6 p.m.

"We talked to them (GHSA officials) but they said we'd need to get back with them," Scott-Wesley said. "I'll have to get my coach to make a call or get with them first thing in the morning."

Scott is expected to choose from a list of schools that includes Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, South Carolina and Vanderbilt among his 15 offers.

Whichever schools Scott-Wesley chooses will be getting one of the state's fastest players.

Scott-Wesley posted the fastest time in Class AA and the fifth-fastest times overall in both the 100-meter (10.695) and the 200-meter dash (21.695).

He said committing at the state track meet was his idea.

"It was all me. I felt comfortable about making the decision, so I decided what better place to do it than at the state track meet?" Scott-Wesley said.

One has to imagine that Bulldog coach don't mind the idea one bit.

Among the athletes who will be in attendance include Carver Columbus running back Isaiah Crowell and Thomas County Central defensive end Ray Drew, two highly-coveted targets targeted by basically every big-time program in the country.

Although he didn't drop any hints as to his decision, Scott-Wesley hopes both will join him on the collegiate level.

"I feel like I'm one of the best," Scott-Wesley said. "I work hard at what I do and I just want to let those guys know, you know, where I'm going, that this is what I've decided and they need to jump on board so we can go out and win a national championship."

NOTES: Georgia commitment Chris Conley finished fifth in his heat in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.978 and seventh in his heat in the 200-meter with a time of 22.427. He did not qualify for Saturday's finals … Incoming freshman T.J. Stripling's Southwest DeKalb 4X400 relay team finished third in its heat with a time of 42.362 and qualified for Saturday's finals.

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