By Evan Hilbert | September 29, 2017 12:58 pm ET
Narbonne (Calif.) linebacker Raymond Scott received his honorary U.S. Army All-American Bowl jersey Friday at his school as part of the Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance.
“It was big,” Scott said. “Just a lot of emotions going on right now, going back to my mom’s passing a few weeks ago. I’m feeling pretty good, feeling alright; it’s definitely a big thing for me.”
Scott’s mother died of cancer earlier this month, and being named a U.S. Army All-American was always a dream they shared.
“This was a thing me and my mom always talked about,” he said. “It was always a dream for her and me to play in this game. I always told her she’d be there to watch me at this game. I know she’s here, in my heart, so she’ll be able to watch me.
“I’m proud to have accomplished this. It was not only my dream but her dream, too.”
Scott, a Southern Cal commit, is ranked by 247Sports as the nation’s 4th-best outside linebacker in the country.
He’ll be among the nation’s top players competing at the U.S Army All-American Bowl, which kicks off Saturday, Jan. 6 in San Antonio at 1 p.m. ET on NBC.
“I want to see how I play against the best of the best around the country,” Scott said. “I carry myself pretty high. I feel like I’m gonna do pretty well against the top dudes in the nation.
“I carry a lot on my back and hope to learn a lot throughout the week.”