by Stephen Garcia
June 18, 2012
About Marcus Scott
|Coach Marcus Scott, West Jefferson High School|
Prior to coaching, Marcus Scott was a talented football player himself. Scott, who graduated in 1995, was an All-State, All-New Orleans and All-District defensive back for Jesuit High School. His play drew interest from college football programs, but the recruiting process was not nearly as flashy as it is today.
“I had about four or five offers,” Scott said. “It wasn’t as crazy as things are now for these kids. It was a little different.”
He went on to play at McNeese State, and the team enjoyed much success while he was there. Scott won two Southland Conference Championships and even played for an FCS National Championship with the Cowboys. In 1997, McNeese State fell to a Jim Tressel-coached Youngstown State team by just one point.
While he says playing and coaching are much different, Scott enjoys them both.
“I don’t know if anything can replace playing the game,” he said. “Coaching is just the next chapter.”
This chapter has brought Scott much satisfaction, but none more than being able to impact his players’ lives.
“It’s fulfilling to see kids come in as freshman, and then to leave as young men, going out into the world,” he said. “You had a lot to do with their development, as a coach. That’s the main thing I like about being in high school.”
2012 West Jefferson Football
The 2012 West Jefferson team will have to replace key players from last season, including some that signed to play football at the next level. Offensive linemen Melvin Henderson (6’1”, 280) and Gary Jenkins (6’3”, 270), defensive back Sylvester Grimble (5’11”, 170), linebacker Sidney Bush (6’0”, 215) and receiver Patrick Bethley (5’10”, 180) will all join college football programs next season.
While Scott wishes them the best, his main concern is that these former players become productive members of their communities.
“The numbers that go to the NFL are slim to none, so the main thing is for them to go to school and graduate,” he said.
But the 2012 team has some future college football players as well. Receiver Ronald Lewis (5’11”, 180) may be the biggest name of the group.
“He can basically do it all,” Scott said. “He’s a threat to score every time he touches the ball.”
Adding to the receiving corps is Devin Scott, a track star and indoor long-jump champion. He will be one of the main deep threats for West Jefferson next season. Another potential college recruit is Quanties Armond, who will join Lewis and Devin Scott at receiver.
The running game will be in the hands of Jamell Gilbert, a versatile halfback whom Coach Scott called “Mr. Reliable.” Draper Riley, a two-way player at tight end and defensive end, will be playing on the defensive side of the ball for the first time next season.
With the strong senior class he has, Scott believes this team can compete with anyone on their schedule.
“The first goal is to play smart, and after that, play as hard and as physical as possible,” he said. “If we execute, along with those two, we have a chance to be in every game.”
Since 2008, Scott has coached about 18 players at West Jefferson that are currently on college football rosters across the country. Scott keeps a list of these players in his office. One such player is wide receiver Glenn Coleman, currently at Florida International University.
Scott described Coleman as an “explosive” receiver that is one of the best to ever come out of West Jefferson.
Coleman, along with the others playing college football right now, is continuing the trend of West Jefferson players at the next level.
“It’s a really good tradition that a lot of people don’t know about. It’s one of the richest traditions in the state, and definitely on the West Bank,” Scott said. “There are so many good players to come through this school. I couldn’t even begin to name them.”