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January 29, 2013

Coach Kevin Pearson discusses Da'mari Scott

The more you find out about Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral three-star, two-way standout, Da'mari Scott, the more you like, and understand what a good get Fresno State landed.

Cathedral head coach Kevin Pearson makes it clear why the Bulldogs landed a potential gem in Scott.

"Da'mari is one of the most physical players that I have ever coached and I have ever seen on a field," Pearson said. "We always say he plays defense on offense.

"When Da'mari isn't getting the ball, he's knocking someone on their back, especially on the perimeter. He's one of the best blockers on the perimeter that I have ever seen. He never takes plays off. He's just a tremendous player. He has taken that God-given ability that he has been blessed with and increased it dramatically with his work on the field.

"I don't care if it is individual work, seven-on-seven or when we go on team. He never, ever, takes on play off. Because of his competitive nature, he's taken it to another level.

"When he's playing receiver or he's playing corner or safety, Da'mari is making big plays. He plays great away from the ball and it opens up a lot of eyes when people have come in.

"They can't believe how great he is playing away from the ball. That's the kind of kid and person he is. He's the consummate, key player and respected.

"I think that Fresno State is a great, great spot for him. I am really happy that he's going to Fresno because the offense that they run, there's a lot of quick hitting perimeter screens that they run and those quick outs that they run. He will be able get open down field because he has great ball skills. He's great getting off press coverage. I think he's going to have a great college career."

Scott chose the Bulldogs over offers from Boston College, Colorado State, San Diego State, Nevada and Toledo.

As a senior, Scott caught 76 passes for 913 yards and 14 touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, he racked up 40 tackles, 13 pass deflections, two sacks, two forced fumbles and two interceptions.

Scott could be a valuable special teams player, especially in the return game. He returned four punts for 68 yards, one went for 48 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 17 yards per punt return.

Returning kickoffs, he had 207 yards on eight returns for an average of 26 yards. He had a long return of 47 yards.

Stay tuned to TheBulldogReport.com for more updates on the 2013 Fresno State recruiting class.


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