6-2/205 McClymonds (Oakland, CA) linebacker Paul Scott became the 13th member of Cal's 2017 recruiting class, opting to stay local and play for the Bears.
The 3 star linebacker was named 1st team All-Oakland Athletic League as a junior and brings solid speed at 4.56 forty to a position of need in the Bear defense. The athletic Scott also ran an 11.21 100 and 51 second 400 meters and boasts a 37" vertical.
Even though Scott grew up a mere 10 minutes from the Cal campus, the idea of playing for the local program -or even any collegiate program of any kind- wasn't particularly on the Oakland athlete's radar.
"I grew up playing football and watching it on tv but I never really thought about being able to play it myself beyond high school but to be able to go to a prestigious school like Cal and be around my friends and family is pretty cool," said Scott.
During the recruiting process, Scott formed the closest bonds with quality control/linebacker assistant Carlos Alvarado and director of player development, Kevin Parker. Scott noted that Parker's local background and history has provided him with an additional comfort level in his connection to Cal.
Scott got on the Bears' radar at a showcase camp at Contra Costa College over the summer and has remained in close contact with the senior linebacker, especially linebacker assistant Alvarado.
"We talk a lot," said Scott. "He's a cool guy.
"He and Coach Kaufman like my style of play and with their lack of depth at linebacker, I feel like I have a chance to come in and make an impact early.
"I'm a physical player and I play with speed. What I lack in size, I make up with both of those areas. With my height and frame, I feel like I can put on some good weight."
Academically, Scott has a 2.9 gpa currently and would like to study sports medicine, has his sight set on bigger things.
"They've talked to me about all their academic resources there and I definitely plan to take advantage of that. I plan to work hard on my academics because if football doesn't work out, I'll get a great degree at Cal."
Scott, who has led McClymonds to a 5-1 start this season, took an official visit to Cal in the Bears' 50-43 victory over the Longhorns.
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Stay tuned for more from Scott on his commitment coming soon.