February 19, 2010

Scales ready to strap it up

For football players, being recruited by the likes of the University of Oregon probably means they have been stars all their lives up to that point. James Scales is no exception. The gifted athlete and physical specimen played in the Greensboro-area since an early age, and has always been a big fish in a little pond.

"To be honest I have never really had to compete for things in athletics throughout my life," admitted Scales. "I was kind of always head-and-shoulders better than the next. Going to camps this past year and seeing people I don't see every day I really got to find out about myself. Well when I get to Eugene I'm really going to find out about myself."

Scales played through his junior season at North Guilford in Greensboro then transferred his senior season to Central Carolina Sports Academy. The move worked out well for him, facing a higher level of competition and excelling in his academics to the point of early graduation. Taking care of his academics has allowed Scales to enroll at Oregon in time for spring camp. Since earning his diploma in December, the defensive back has been preparing for the next step up and is anxious to see how he compares.

"I'll see how I perform with competition at my position," Scales said. "I'm going to be looking around and for the first time, I'm not the best guy there. That will help raise my level of play. The only thing I can do is be myself, work hard, perform and make plays and let the chips fall where they will."

Primary recruiter for Scales was his position coach, John Neal. Striking gold with a haul of six highly-skilled defensive backs in the class of 2010, Neal was recognized as one of the conferences' top recruiters. While bringing in six new personalities to a unit could potentially take work, Neal will have no troubles with the demeanor of his North Carolina signee.

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