September 14, 2009
Scales discusses commitment
The defensive backfield is an area where Coach John Neal and the Oregon Ducks are looking to add some players from the Class of 2010. Greensboro (N.C.) athlete James Scales was one of the earlier offers out this year, one which he accepted last week.
"I made my commitment Wednesday night on the phone with Coach Neal," Scales confirmed. "We were talking about regular things, life and everything else besides football. Then I just hit him with it at the end. I just said 'Coach, I think I'm ready to commit.' He said 'are you serious?' and I told him 'yes' so he told me to call Coach Kelly. I called Coach Kelly and told him and he was fired up. Then I called Coach Neal back and he was fired up too and said we were ready to go."
By the time teammate defensive end Chris McCain had made his announcement on ESPNU, Scales had already committed. However, McCain told the Duck staff of his decision three weeks before announcing publicly.
"I had known about Chris' commitment for awhile," recalled Scales. "I knew when he called the coaches a couple weeks ago but I didn't say anything. We were talking about committing on the same show but he had been setting that up for three weeks and I just committed that night so it was already set up."
Scales has a set of skills which isn't that of a prototypical safety or cornerback. Instead, the Rivals three-star defensive back is more of a physical hybrid between the two positions that can cover wide receivers or play in the box.
"I feel I'm undersized for a safety but I think I'm a little like (Indianapolis Colts strong safety) Bob Sanders as far as not being as tall as a regular safety would, but I have the speed and the burst and the quickness to make up for that," assessed Scales.
Like his long-time friend McCain, Scales transferred from Northern Guilford to Central Carolina Sports Academy between his junior and senior seasons, and their new school is about to start their year.
"I start practice with my new prep school in North Carolina on Monday," Scales said. "Just to get a better feel for the competition I'll be going up against in college. We'll be playing college teams and their JV squads and second teams, and that will give me a better look at what I'll face in college."
Scales confirmed that McCain's commitment had an affect on his decision.
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