Wayne Scott and Jontey Byrd will be bring a little piece of Daytona Beach to the banks of Lake Erie. OK, well, a big piece.
Scott, a 6-foot-4, 330-pound offensive guard, and Byrd, a 6-foot, 280-pound defensive tackle, will sign Wednesday with Kent State and the duo is looking forward to heading off the Ohio school together.
“Oh yeah, it’s gonna be great, man … to have my boy Jontey come up there with me,” Scott said Tuesday night. “Jontey’s one of my best friends and he’s hilarious ... that guy is special though, and I’m glad he’s coming up there with me. We’re going to go up there to college together and make the best of it.”
Scott picked Kent over other schools like North Carolina Central, Tennessee State, Bethune-Cookman, Jacksonville and Campbell. He also had brief interest from FBS schools Western Kentucky, FAU and South Alabama.
“When I went up there for me official visit it just felt like family up there,” Scott said. “It felt like home and I got along good with everybody and they were 11-3 last year and they told me my I was like one of the only offensive linemen they were bringing in, so there will only by like one or two, possibly three of us.”
Like most players this time of year who have had to go deep into the recruiting season to finalize their situations, Scott was grateful to be done with the process.
“I really am,” he said. “All this recruiting stuff is all fun and games until it gets down to crunch time. That’s when everybody is trying to get these commitments and it’s just kinda crazy. I’m glad it’s over. I’m good now. I’m committed to Kent State.”
For Byrd, he picked the Golden Flashes over Western Kentucky and FAU, as well as offers from a similar list to what Scott had.
Mainland will have its signing day ceremony at noon.
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