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Petersburg's Meziah Scott commits to Western Carolina University

Posted at 12:45 PM, Aug 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-31 12:45:27-04

PETERSBURG, Va. -- Cullowhee, North Carolina is about a six hour drive from Petersburg but it felt like home for Meziah Scott.

"It wasn't too big of a campus and it wasn't too small of a campus," Scott said. "It was a very comfortable area. I really like that about that."

Scott, the all-time passing leader at Petersburg, made a verbal commitment to Western Carolina Saturday at the William Lawson Gym.

"From day one that I met the coaches and called me to extend the offer, he said he was going to stay in contact and he lived up to his word," stated Scott. "I built a relationship with every single offensive coach and they showed they wanted me at their school."

He chose Western Carolina over Norfolk State and Georgetown.

Because of COVID-19, Scott didn't have take an official visit to the Western Carolina campus to meet in person with coaches. So he did the next best thing and drove to the school and took a tour himself.

"I drove up to see the campus and I loved the campus," Scott explained. "It was a beautiful view and I could picture myself playing football there and having a great academic career there and be able to further my education and football abilities."

Last season, Scott threw for over 2,100 yards and 21 touchdowns to just eight interceptions and rushed for another eight touchdowns for Petersburg, who reached the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years. He is a two-time Region 3A 1st team selection at quarterback and was named Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore.

"They {the coaches} definitely were talking about giving me an opportunity to be able to compete for the starting quarterback spot," Scott explained. "That's all I needed to hear. That's all I wanted to hear. I'm ready to compete and get after it.

With his college commitment now in the rear view mirror, Scott's focus is now on playing for his dad Mike Scott and leading Petersburg back to the postseason in Region 3A.

"I definitely plan on playing this year with my teammates and finishing the story the right way," Scott mentioned. "To be a four-year starter, that's something big in Petersburg. I want to open a lot of doors for the youth in Petersburg and let them be able to know that it's possible to go to school if you do the right thing."