Originally created 04/23/04

Lakeside star wastes no time

The penultimate moment of Matt Scott's recruiting came during physical education class at Lakeside High School. The Georgia Southern coaching staff decided to offer him a scholarship based on his work during a physical education class during the past month.

It took about five days for the NCAA to clear Scott's eligibility. The phone call with an offer came last Friday.

"They called my dad at nine in the morning that day," Scott said.

Scott got word of the offer while sitting in math class at Lakeside. He went to the office thinking he was in trouble. The Georgia Southern coaches said they needed his decision by the end of the day.

"I made the decision in the amount of time it takes to snap your fingers," Scott said. "It was the biggest decision of my life, I guess, but it came easy."

Scott signed and faxed back his official letter of intent from his kitchen later that day.

SIGNING DAYS: Aiken High School's Adron Marshall recently committed to play basketball next season at Walters State (Tenn.) Community College.

Walters interested Marshall because of its mix of athletic success and academic offerings.

"There's nothing negative in this at all," Aiken High coach Thomas Ryan said.

"Adron's going to a good junior college where he is going to improve his basketball and his academics and in two years he can go to any four-year school in the country. It's nothing less than an excellent opportunity for him."

Westminster's Mark Yarbrough also signed a letter of intent to play college baseball at USC-Aiken next season.The left-handed Yarbrough pitched and played center field this season at Westminster.

Another Westminster senior, Alex Welsh, also accepted an offer over the past week. He signed a track and field scholarship with Mars Hill (N.C.) College.

Two other high school products - Butler's Rickey McGhee and Richmond Academy's Jacob Ross - signed letter of intent to play basketball at Aiken Tech.

McGhee was a catalyst for Butler's state title quest that fell one win shy of a championship this year.

He averaged 16.5 points and seven assists. Ross averaged 16.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game this year.

Reach Jeff Sentell at (706) 823-3425 or jeff.sentell@augustachronicle.com.


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