After seeing Jon Sumrall record a couple of recruiting wins over the last couple of weeks, Vince Marrow decided to get in on the action by bringing in the third member of the class from Ohio. UK got to play some more Yahtzee on Sunday night by adding 6-foot-3 wideout Armond Scott.
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The high three-star prospect was offered by Kentucky back in March and ended up picking the Wildcats over Cincinnati with scholarship offers from Boston College, Iowa State, Michigan State, Wake Forest and Yale. The Cleveland area native gets it done in the classroom and will look to excel in Jovon Bouknight’s position room.
Now it’s time to step into the KSR Film room and dissect Armond Scott’s game. Kentucky is adding a physical blocker and vertical playmaker who shows some impressive running ability with the football in his hands.
With any outside receiver, it is important to be able to make plays in the vertical passing game. A big part of this position is making those deep catches, but that is only half of the equation. You also must be able to do something when you get the ball in your hands. The run after the catch ability can take you a long way and Armond Scott has some skills in that regard.
Scott does a good job of looking the catch in, but has the awareness to know where the defender is. He stops on a dime to make the catch, changes directions and then flashes another nice cutback to create an explosive scoring play. This is a big time play and something that can help take a passing offense to the next level.
Kentucky, quite possibly more than any other Power Five college football program, puts a huge emphasis in blocking from the wideout position and in the past we’ve seen it become an outright necessity for the offense. What Eddie Gran’s unit pulled off last season doesn’t occur without buy-in from the receivers. The group is starting to get a reputation for their blocking on the edge and Armond Scott should fit in well in that portion of the game.
At 6-foot-3 and over 200 pounds, Scott will have a size advantage against every corner he faces and will have a chance to help turn good runs into chunk plays with some solid perimeter blocking. He’s ready right now to contribute as a blocker.
Ball skills is a buzz term you hear a lot around draft time and essentially it means the ability to haul in receptions. The frame Armond Scott has obviously creates a huge catch radius, but that is only good if you have the hand-eye coordination to reel in receptions.
On the go-route, Scott sticks his right arm in the air and plucks the ball out of the sky for a 75-yard touchdown. On his tape, contested catches are seen quite often and he’s proven to have the ability to concentrate on the football and make a tough grab. When you throw it his way you should feel like there is a very good chance he is going to come away with it.
It is not very often that you see big outside receivers being used in the return game, but thinks to his terrific ball skills and change of direction, Armond Scott could potentially factor into the return game. He makes things happen with the ball in his hands.
Very quickly the 2021 wide receiver class is getting filled up and for the second year in a row you should feel good about what is being added to the roster. The Wildcats aren’t hitting on blue-chips yet, but they are getting high three-star prospects who you can envision becoming legitimate weapons at receiver.
Armond Scott checks a lot of boxes when it just comes to raw size and physical tools. However, when you turn on the tape you see more than just a big, outside receiver to throw jump balls to. Armond Scott has legit run after the catch ability and his change of direction as a runner will make him a dangerous ballcarrier in space. He has an excellent feel for the game and that gives him a very high ceiling.
The route tree is limited this point to mainly just hitches and gos, but the tools are evident and you can project the Euclid High School product as a high floor, high ceiling prospect.