February 6, 2010

Scales ready to make move

Hard-charging Oregon head coach Chip Kelly doesn't sleep much. But even the coach of the Pac-10 champions would have had trouble beating James Scales' letter-of-intent into the Casanova Center on Wednesday. The North Carolina defensive back took care of business as the sun was rising on the east coast.

"It was approximately 7:16 am (4:16 am, Pacific)," estimated Scales. "I didn't see it get sent off. My dad took care of it."

James Scales is the 49th ranked cornerback in the nation, yet will be the youngest player on the roster when he shows up in Eugene. Despite his youth, Scales revealed a mature perspective.

"I'm real happy with my choice I feel that I'm in the best position to be successful and I just love the environment out there. It's a different journey to take. I'm leaving from one side of the world and going to the other. It's a great experience that not a lot of people can say they've had the chance to do. I'm blessed and grateful."

Recruiting high school athletes is a fickle business. Throughout his recruitment, Scales was comforted by the knowledge he would be making the move alongside his friend and teammate Chris McCain. As signing day drew near, Scales knew that wasn't to be the case.

"Everybody has a plan," Scales said. "When you get a chance to reunite and play with childhood friends, that doesn't happen every day. That was the game plan. It didn't work out, and Chris felt that Cal was a better fit for him after he reevaluated things. I'm happy for Chris, but at the end of the day I have to think about James and what's best for my life. We're all going out to the West Coast together so it's not like he's over here and I'm over there."

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