Before Deandre Scott made his oral commitment to play football at Arizona State, he asked the guy he considers a brother for a scouting report on life in the desert.
Jaelen Strong, a sophomore wide receiver for the Sun Devils, gave him just one warning.
“The only scary thing out there is the sandstorms,” Scott said. “Other than that, it’s beautiful.”
Scott, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound senior defensive back from Imhotep Charter, called Arizona State coach Todd Graham on Saturday. He announced his decision via his Twitter account Monday night.
Scott chose Arizona State over dozens of offers, including Florida, Michigan State, Arizona, Boston College, Miami, and Penn State, among others. He said his close friendship with Strong, who is a Philadelphia native and West Catholic graduate, wasn’t the deciding factor. But it didn’t hurt, either.
“I feel comfortable knowing that I’m going to have somebody who has my back, and I’m not going to be alone out there,” Scott said.
Scott, the third-ranked recruit in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, plays a multi-purpose role for the Panthers.
He intends to play safety in college, but he’ll be happy at corner if it gets him on the field sooner. The Sun Devils graduate four defensive backs, a point not lost on Scott.
“I was like, ‘Wow, that’s my opportunity,” Scott said. “They opened up the doors.”