Friday night FOXSportsNEXT.com caught 2014 linebacker Tegray Scales in action. Following his team's…
Next Linebacker Star At Colerain?
Junior linebacker Tegray Scales is being touted as the next star at the position for Cincinnati Colerain, following in the footsteps of Michigan freshman Joe Bolden. Those are lofty expectations, but the 6-foot-2, 215-pound, linebacker certainly impressed last weekend in the 28-15 win over Pickerington Central. Scales showed his speed and toughness, in keying a defensive effort that sparked the win. After starting last season as a sophomore alongside Bolden, Scales knows he needs to play a bigger role this season. "It was a great win for our team and I'm very happy right now," Scales said following the win. "I started last year and played alright, but this year I need to step and be a lot better for us. I learned a lot from Joe Bolden, and I need to be that type of player for this defense to be what we expect." "This year, I feel like I'm taking responsibility for our defense, the same way Joe did for us," he added. "I played average today, but it's the first game and I know I can play better. I have all week in practice to improve on the things I did wrong today. I ran to the football well, but I took a few bad angles and I need to fix that." Following a solid sophomore season in 2011, Scales is already drawing recruiting attention. "I like Ohio State and I was at their camp where I did really well," he explained. "I've stayed in touch with Ohio State since the camp, and things are good. Ohio State is my favorite school right now. I'm also talking to Michigan, Cincinnati, and a few other Big Ten schools, but those are the main three schools showing me interest right now." "Coach (Kerry) Coombs is up at Ohio State now and he used to coach at Colerain, so he's very familiar with this area," he continued. "He said they will keep in touch with me throughout this season. Michigan is a school I'm looking to visit, and we've talked about getting me up there for a visit. Cincinnati is a program I'm very familiar with, and it was great playing on their home field. Staying at home and playing for Cincinnati is something I could enjoy." Colerain head coach Tom Bolden was quite enthusiastic with his praise for his young linebacker. "He is a great talent and a great kid," Bolden stated. "He's going to be a national recruit for sure, and he has a chance to be as good as any linebacker we've had here at Colerain."
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