In late June of 2003, Scott Deke finally got what he wanted. Following an impressive performance during the University of Virginia’s summer camp, he received a scholarship offer from Coach Groh. He verbally committed shortly thereafter – Virginia receiving a promising quarterback prospect and Deke heading to his number one school of choice.
Almost one month after the fact, the Loyola (Los Angeles, CA) High School signal caller is still excited about his decision.
“I’m really excited,” said the 6-2, 200 pound Deke of his decision. “I knew I wanted to go there pretty much straight off the bat. I couldn’t find a place with the combination of everything I wanted like UVA had. They are one of the top academic institutions in the country. And with the campus as beautiful as it is, it’s just perfect. Ever since I stepped on the campus I knew I wanted to go there.”
Deke initiated the contact between himself and Virginia by sending the coaching staff his highlight tape. The Cavalier coaches then began actively recruiting him. Quarterbacks coach Mike Groh stayed in touch on a consistent basis up until the summer camp.
In February of 2003, Deke and his mother made their way to Charlottesville for an unofficial visit.
“Obviously it’s tough for UVA to find out about anyone on the West Coast,” said Deke. “So I sent them a tape, and I guess they liked what they saw. Me and my mother came by in February and met some of the coaches. They weren’t all there, but I met some of them and it was good.”
With some encouragement from the Cavalier staff, Deke came to Charlottesville again four months later to perform during the summer camp. Many significant quarterback prospects attend the summer session. It appeared the Cavaliers would use the camp as a determining factor into which quarterback prospect or prospects they would offer.
“I was excited about the camp,” said Deke. “They did a lot of influencing of me to get me out there. I came out and did my own thing. They really feel I fit in real well with what they are trying to do. They are trying to win a national championship, and I’m a pretty competitive person who wants to help them accomplish that goal.”
With the recruiting process over with, Deke will now focus on being his school’s starting quarterback for the entire season. He became the starter midway through last season and appears ready...
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