ALBANY -- At Friday's 7th annual Westover Relays at Hugh Mills Stadium, something stood out about one of the meet's biggest attractions, highly recruited Mitchell County speedster, Justin Scott.
It was his shirt.
But don't laugh at Scott's shirt, the one that read "Albany State Mom" -- even though, admittedly, it does belong to his grandmother.
"I never heard the end of it at school all day,'' said Scott, who went from having a tough time Friday at Mitchell County High to an easy time winning both the 100-meter (10.53) and 200-meter (21.57) dashes at the Relays -- not to mention he came close to setting meet records in both. "I just grabbed a shirt (Friday) morning, and it's my grandmother's shirt. My aunt (Latonya Ross) went to Albany State and gave the shirt to my grandmother.''
Scott, a junior who has lived in Camilla with his grandmother, Alice Grisson, since the fifth grade, is being recruited by just about every football program in the nation at receiver, and he is one of the fastest sprinters in Georgia.
He ran the fastest 100 meters of his life Friday, just missing the meet record of 10.5 with his 10.53, and then blew the field away in the 200 meters in 21.57, just shy of the meet record of 21.50.
"I was really focused for this meet,'' said Scott, who won the GHSA Class AA state title in the 200 last year and finished second in the 100. "I kind of had a chip on my shoulder. Before the meet started, a fan told me I was a showboat and it made me mad. I felt like I had to prove something, and once I had tunnel vision -- all I could see was the finish line.''
Maybe someone should make Scott mad before every race.
"The fan thought I was a showboat because in the practice meet on Wednesday I looked back, but I wasn't showboating. I thought I had already crossed the finish line, and that's why I looked back,'' Scott said.
Scout.com, a national college football recruiting Web site, ranks Scott as the No. 62 wideout in the nation. He is listed at 5-foot-11, 205 pounds with a 4.41 40-yard dash.
Scott, who had verbally committed to Stanford in December, has since rescinded that commitment and now says he plans on looking around before making a decision on his future.
"I made a mistake, and made a rash decision,'' he said of the Stanford commitment. "I'm going to take it slow, and take my time. Right now, I would say UGA would be at the top, but I'm not going to rush into anything.''
Rivals.com, another renowned college football recruiting Web site, says Scott already has offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Maryland, Stanford, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.