Some nice guys can finish first

By Anthony Rhoads

National signing day is upon us once again and it's going to be another hectic day in the Southern Crescent as many local football players will be signing letters-of-intent.

One of the guys who has been talked about not just in the area and state but nationally has been Lovejoy offensive lineman Chris Scott. Scott has been one of the most highly-recruited players in the state and nation this year and for good reason.

He's a tremendous football player at 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds and one recruiting website lists him at No. 9 among all offensive linemen in the country.

If he lives up to his potential, he might just be able to make some noise at Tennessee where he is expected to sign today.

But for all his football skills, Scott ranks as one of the nicest high school kids I've had the chance to interview over the years. I've had the chance to get to so some really good kids since I have been a sports writer but there are also been a lot of kids out there who have attitudes that are more akin to the pro leagues than with amateur athletics. It's been truly refreshing to have been around a kid like Scott, who has the total package - he's got the talent but he also has the grades and he's a good guy on top of that.

Scott's demeanor is so easygoing and nice off the field that he's earned the nickname 'Big Easy' from his coaches and teammates.

Eagle's Landing Christian Academy's Alec Huber is another guy who is not only a Division I prospect but is a nice kid.

Huber, who is slated to sign with Purdue, is a pure football player. While at tight end, he ranked as one of the top receivers in Class A in 2004 in catches, receiving yardage and touchdown receptions.

At linebacker, he averaged 10 tackles a game to help lead the Chargers to an 8-3 record in their first season in the Georgia High School Association.

Huber's teammate, quarterback Cole Springer, is also not only going to be signing a letter-of-intent today to go to Davidson University but he's also a good kid with plenty of smarts. Just the fact that he's signing with Davidson is a big deal academically. Davidson's record with its student-athletes is second-to-none as well over 90 percent graduate.

Both of these kids aren't only focused on what they need to do on the football field but they've done well in the classroom too and that was evident as Springer was recruited by Ivy League schools while Huber had originally verbally committed to Northwestern.

"This is the product of the hard work in the classroom and on the field. We're talking about well-rounded, dedicated, committed young men...these two young men are the prototype of the ELCA way...it's very rare to have two boys like Alec and Cole on one football team," former ELCA head coach Tim Luke said last fall for a story I did on local football players who excel academically.

While it has been said more than once that 'nice guys finish last,' Chris Scott, Alec Huber and Cole Springer are proof that nice guys can definitely finish first.

Anthony Rhoads is a sports writer for The Daily and his columns appear on Wednesdays. He can be reached at arhoads@news-daily.com .