2018-03-08 / Sports

Bendle quarterback Scott decides on college

By Brandon Pope
810-452-2651 • bpope@mihomepaper.com

From left to right Brent’s sister Morgan Gilkes, Mother Anita Scott, Brent Scott and dad Bard Scott. 
Photo provided From left to right Brent’s sister Morgan Gilkes, Mother Anita Scott, Brent Scott and dad Bard Scott. Photo provided BURTON – Senior quarterback Brent Scott put together a stellar year in his final season at Bendle, but his football career is not over. In the fall, he’ll be competing for the starting quarterback position at Hamilton College, located in Clinton, NY, a part of the New England Small College Conference. He’ll also study pre-med.

“Hamilton’s national rankings for academic excellence (is why I chose them),” said Scott. “Coach Murray’s trust in me to be a key player on the football team, player’s on the team studying pre-med, campus is located close to many key New York cities where internships in medicine are available, small class sizes and faculty that encourage and offer research opportunities.”

Not only that, he’s already gotten a head start on college by taking classes at Mott Community College, UM-Flint and Genesee Career Institute. He’s also accumulated over 400 hours of volunteer work at Hurley Hospital in Flint and ATI Physical Therapy. He intends to one day be an orthopedic surgeon.

Aside from Hamilton, Scott also considered Cornell, Brown, Providence, Columbia and Penn. Offers came in for Rose-Hulman, Marshall College, Keyon College, Oberlin College, Knox College and Alma College.

“I look forward to challenging myself academically and athletically,” added Scott. “Not particularly nervous, but anxious and definitely excited to start my collegiate career. Coach Murray has recruited me to play quarterback, a very demanding roll. I will compete against upper classmen to earn a starting position. I plan to work hard to learn Hamilton’s system so I can effectively execute the offense and put the team in a position to win on Saturdays.”

Scott isn’t just a football player or an academic. In high school, he’s played three years of varsity baseball, where he earned all-league accolades, JV basketball for two years, eventually cracking the varsity roster and was a powerlifter as a freshman, qualifying for the state meet. He plans to close out high school with one more year of baseball and track, playing both at the same time.

“First, I would like to thank my parents for always encouraging me to do my best academically and athletically,” concluded Scott. “I would like to thank both of my high school head coaches during my four years on varsity. Past head coach, teacher, athletic director and current high school principal Brandon Chapman, current head coach and teacher Jason Beverly.

“I thank all of my assistant football coaches Dustin Carmack, Dean Fuller, Andrew Huey, Kyle Richardson and Mike Thomas. I would like to thank all of my Bendle teachers for their time, commitment and guidance, allowing me to reach this collegiate opportunity. Thank you to my teammates and my sister for always supporting me. I thank the Burton Bendle community for supporting all of our athletic programs.”

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