Brayden Scott traveled across the country Friday to compete in the Atlanta Elite 11 Regional.
When the Tahlequah, Okla., quarterback couldn't make the Elite 11 Regional in Dallas last month, he looked for the next event on the calendar. It didn't matter to him that it was in Atlanta.
On Friday, Scott woke up at 4:30 a.m., drove to the airport, boarded a plane and flew from Oklahoma to Georgia with his father, who's also his head coach. The two drove straight from the airport to Buford High School, arriving a few minutes late, but it gave Scott the chance to compete that he was looking for.
"I had to wake up at 4:30 this morning to go to this thing, but I got some work in, got to meet some new guys, and I had fun, so all in all, I think it was worth the trip," Scott, who is 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, said.
"Just to say you're a part of the Elite 11, that's a brotherhood like they all said. You can go back to the college coaches that are recruiting and say, 'Hey, I went to the Elite 11.' That's saying something. Just to be a part of it is saying something for life."
After the camp, Scott was happy with his performance, but he knew he still came up short of his goal to reach July's final Elite 11 event in Los Angeles. Marietta, Ga., quarterback Anthony Jennings was the only player at the event who earned a spot in the finals.
"I came with a goal and didn't reach that goal, but hey, I've got to work harder," Scott said. "I've got another chance in Las Vegas to show my abilities there and try to go to Los Angeles at the big time."
It's no surprise that with his drive and willingness to compete, Scott is looking forward to traveling again. Coming soon on his summer tour will be a visit to the University of Alabama's camp in June, where he will get a chance to throw in front of head coach Nick Saban and look to earn an offer from the Crimson Tide.
"I believe if I go down there and show them what I'm made of, I know they'll want me even more," Scott said.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound signal caller visited Tuscaloosa twice last fall for the LSU and Tennessee games. He hasn't been in contact with the UA staff as often recently but remains high on Alabama's program.
"I like the way they do business," Scott said.
"I like everything they believe in. They're structured really well. The campus is beautiful. The football is amazing as you know, just winning two national championships in the past three years."
Scott already has offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Houston, Memphis, Missouri, Texas Tech and Tulsa, among others, but the Oklahoma native is holding out and hoping for an offer from the in-state Sooners.
"You could say I'm worried about OU and if they're going to offer me or not," Scott said.
"If they don't, I'm going to go beat them. If they do offer me, I'm going to go be the best quarterback I can be for Oklahoma."