Imhotep's DeAndre Scott visits Penn State

It’s in the locker room where Imhotep Charter’s DeAndre Scott said he zones out before games and blocks out everything that doesn’t have to do with football.

On Friday, Scott visited the locker room where he could play college football, as he made an unofficial visit to Penn State.

The area’s top junior defensive back tried on a pair of Nittany Lions jerseys, in both blue and white, emblazoned with his No. 5.

“It was wonderful,” Scott said.

Along with Penn State, Scott has about a dozen scholarship offers, including from Arizona State, Central Florida, Pittsburgh, Temple, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The 5-foot-10 Scott met with assistant coaches Ron Vanderlinden and Anthony Midget and head coach Bill O’Brien, who Scott said is a confident person committed to turning around the program.

“We were just chilling, talking football, and getting to know each other,” Scott said.

Scott said he is not concerned with the NCAA sanctions against the team, but instead values Penn State for its nursing program. He plans to major in nursing.

On Saturday, Scott will run with Imhotep in the 4x200 relay at the state indoor track championships at Penn State. Scott said track translates to football as it increased his speed and endurance.

The meet conflicted with the Nittany Lions’ junior day, causing Scott to visit a day early.

“It’s like I’m missing it, but I’m really not,” Scott said. “We did everything that they’re going to do Saturday.”