Ferriday High grad eyeing transfer to Miss. State
WESSON — The first time Ferriday’s De’Vante Scott stepped onto the field as a college wide receiver for Copiah-Lincoln Community College, he admitted he was a little nervous.
But once his first game was behind him, the former Ferriday High Trojan said he settled into college ball, and he started to put together a good freshman season.
“It wasn’t too hard,” he said. “I had to play faster and get stronger, and I had to run better routes than I was doing in high school. For sure there was more competition, but by my second or third game of the season, I was feeling comfortable.”
Scott said the highlight of his season came in the fourth game of the year against Jones County Junior College.
“I had four catches and 100-plus yards and caught the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter with a minute to go,” he said.
Co-Lin won the game 14-7.
This year, Scott said his goals are to build on his freshman season.
“I want to try to score more touchdowns when I touch the ball,” he said. “I want to give more help to the offense more than I did last year and be more of a leader.”
Scott, who originally committed to Mississippi State University in the class of 2011, said his plans are still to enroll at Mississippi State in January.
“I committed to State out of high school, and that stuck,” he said. “I haven’t talked to them this summer, but during the middle of the season I started talking to them. In March, they re-offered me. I’m excited. I wanted to go to some SEC or Division-I school to show my talents. I transferred to a small school, and it’s a blessing, because all I wanted to do is play in the SEC.”
Scott said being committed to Mississippi State brings added pressure this season.
“I’ve got high expectations from a lot of people,” he said. “I need to go out and play and have fun and do my best to try to accomplish my goals and be a better football player all around.”
Scott said he is working hard this summer to prepare for his sophomore season at Co-Lin.
Scott has several Co-Lin teammates that attended Miss-Lou high schools, and he said they always reminisce about their prep careers.
“We get to talk about the old times when we played each other,” he said. “There is more competition between us and a lot of bragging going on. We talk about that every day.”
Scott said he was excited that his former assistant coach Cleothis Cummings got the head-coaching job at his alma mater.
“I think he has a great relationship with all the kids, and my senior year he was kind of a leader,” he said. “We’ve been with him a long time, and we thought he was supposed to be the head coach back then. Being at Ferriday is a tradition he can keep going.”
Scott said he is leaning toward studying something that will allow him to be a coach when his playing days are over.
“I might want to be a coach like Coach Cummings,” he said.