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Scott signs with Golden Bears

SEBRING - Sebring football coach LaVaar Scott always gets a great deal of pleasure when one of his players receives a scholarship to play college football. But he can be excused if he feels a little more pride about the latest Blue Streaks to receive a scholarship - his nephew Larry Scott. "This one is different," Coach Scott said. "I'm a proud uncle, not a coach." Coach Scott said Larry set a great example for other players, on the field and off.
"He did everything he needed to do as far as academics," Coach Scott said. "He was one of the hardest workers we had." Larry signed with Division II Miles College in Alabama, which offered him a full ride scholarship known as the Presidential Scholarship, which is based on academic performance. "It was a blessing to be able to get something like that," Larry said. "I'm not only going to be able to play football, but I'm there for my work in the class." Larry was looking at different colleges to attend when he heard from Miles College and he didn't need to think about it twice. "It came out of nowhere," Larry said. "I was just trying to figure out what college I was going to go to and I ended up getting the opportunity to go to Miles so I seized the moment." Coming from a football family has some pros and cons, but Larry said the pros definitely out-weighed the cons. "I really felt a little bit of pressure but I knew I had to succeed," Larry said. "I knew I would have success because I had all these people around me who were going to help me and support me. They've been through this whole process and that made it easier for me." Larry had a memorable senior season, both on the field and off. He earned a berth to the South Central All-Star Football Classic and was named to the All-Highlands Defensive Football Team. "Larry was Mr. All-Everything," Coach Scott said. "He was team MVP. He was vital for us on offense, defense and special teams and was one of our captains." Off the field, Scott was royalty, not once, but twice, as he was named Homecoming king and Prom king. "I made memories that are going to last forever," Larry said. "I'm never going to forget the things that happened in my senior year; Homecoming king, Prom king, it all helped me out." Larry plans to major in education and minor in sports management and would like to get into coaching in the future. Larry said that time management is the key to doing well in the classroom and on the playing field and that's the one area where plenty of people get into trouble. Larry's mother, Joann Riley, said she has no doubts that he's going to be successful in college and beyond. "He's done really well and I'm very proud of him," she said. "He's going to do well in college. He's held his own."