July 13, 2010

Scott-Wesley gets some helpful tips

For Georgia commitment Justin Scott-Wesley, the chance to drive up to Atlanta and work out with former Falcon wide receiver Terance Mathis was an opportunity he couldn't pass up.

It's only when he arrived that he realized just how cool it was really going to be.

Along with Mathis, a couple of well-known NFL wideouts just happened to be on hand to get in some work of their own - former Georgia standout Mohamed Massaquoi and Cleveland Browns teammate Chansi Stuckey.

"It was exciting, but I was also trying to keep my cool," Scott-Wesley said in an interview Tuesday with UGASports. "But they were just normal people. I had a great time."

But it was also a time to work.

Although the atmosphere was casual and laid back, Scott-Wesley said he learned a lot from his experience, which included the opportunity to hone his own skills by running routes with NFL receivers and picking up tips he'll be able to apply to his own game this fall.

Scott-Wesley said that Massaquoi's eyes lit up when he told the former Bulldog that he was already a verbal commitment to Georgia.

"He didn't know that when we first met, but after that he really took the time to get to know me," Scott-Wesley said. "He's a real cool guy. He told me about the process, things I needed to do to get ready for school but most of all he told me just to be myself. One of the biggest things he told me is not to change who I am just because I'm in the spotlight."

To Scott-Wesley the entire afternoon was a unique opportunity to learn.

"I was watching everything they did and tried to imitate everything that I could," Scott-Wesley said.

"(Massaquoi) gave me some good tips about keeping my shoulders square, coming out of my route, using my feet, that kind of stuff."

It's certainly been a memorable few months for the Mitchell County star.

Barely a month after running the nation's fifth-fastest time 100-meter at the state track meet with a time of 10.35, the Georgia football commitment took his act to the West Coast in June where he took part in the prestigious Golden West Invitational near San Francisco.

He didn't disappoint.

Despite a cross-wind that threatened to blow the sprinters out of their lanes, Scott-Wesley turned in a 10.41, winning the race which featured some of the top prep sprinters from across the country.

He's not done.

In two weeks, Scott-Wesley heads back out to California, Sacramento to be exact, to compete in the Junior Olympics where he will compete in both the 100 meter and 4X400 meter relay.

The competition runs July 26-Aug. 1.

"I'm very excited," Scott-Wesley said. "I can't wait to show what I can do."

But before heading out West, the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder will be in Athens Friday for Dawg Night.

Once back from California, Scott-Wesley will begin preparations for his senior season with the rest of his Mitchell County teammates.

He knows expectations on him will be at an all-time high.

"I know it's not going to be easy and coaches will be working their defensive plays around trying to stop me," Scott-Wesley said. "But at the same time, it's motivating me to step up and make plays. But even if I don't, if they're using a lot of people to try and cover me, somebody else is going to have to be open. I know there's going to be pressure, but I'm just going to take it for what it's worth."

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