Scott signs track scholarship to Florida A&M

Published 3:13 pm Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Jaylyn Scott is a 300-meter hurdles state champion, and as of Monday the newest member of Florida A&M’s track and field team.

He signed a full ride scholarship with the Rattlers Monday surrounded by friends and family.

Scott said he has developed a strong relationship with FAMU assistant track coach Skye Dawson and fell in love with the campus on his visit.

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“I just loved the things they were showing me,” said Scott.

In May, Scott was crowned state champion in the 300-meter hurdles in Carrollton, where scouts for FAMU got to see in person his championship performance. They also saw him in person at the Godby Invitational earlier in the season.

“He’s a hard worker,” said Larry Clark, track and field head coach. “He takes his work seriously, and he is a great competitor. He comes to practice on a regular basis, he works hard and is conscientious of what he does. It’s a great reward to see his track talent pay for his education.”

Scott will tell you firsthand how much work he’s put in to reach this level. His coaches will vouch for him, too, including his position coach, Patrick Clark, who worked with him during the season and offseason.

“We used to work out on Saturdays,” said Patrick. “I would tell him I know it was strange to be out here on Saturday, but it’s going to pay off. Like I told him, it was because of those sacrifices. I am just proud of him.”

Patrick said they were about to start training again for the summer, preparing for the competition Scott will face in college so he can perform at the highest level he can.

Scott said it was all worth it. He would tell up and coming Bearcat athletes the same thing.

“I would tell them that anything you want, you can achieve,” said Scott. “You have to put in work for it. You have to put in lots of hours, more hours than the average person.”

Scott was a region champion all four years of high school. He regularly competed in the four-by-one relay, the four-by-four relay, the 300-meter hurdles, the 110-meter hurdles and the high jump.