Landon D. is a talented young man. He’s one of the top-rated offensive tackles in the country, he graduated from high school early, and he could even get a head-start in his classes at Florida State University. However, his collegiate conquests will have to wait.
Before heading off to join one of the top-ranked college football programs in the country—FSU, this dedicated Scout from the Piedmont Council plans to finish his Eagle project first.
In a recent interview with ESPN, Landon was asked why he didn’t plan to enroll early. He explained, “right now I’m working on my Eagle Scout project,” which consists of putting park benches at a local recreation center in his community.
If things fall into place, Landon could even start playing as a freshman! It would be an honor for any offensive lineman to take the field this year, let alone a newcomer. With senior Sean Maguire poised to take over as FSU’s starting quarterback and star running back Dalvin Cook rushing his way into Heisman Trophy buzz, Florida State is bursting with potential for the 2016-17 season. With this much skill on the table, FSU is looking to take extra care of its quarterbacks and leading rushers and Landon just might be the Scout for the job!
In fact, Landon could potentially be joining 11 returning starters on Florida State’s offensive line. Although this would be a huge first-year achievement, the Scout maintains a humble attitude. When asked if he expected to make his gameday debut in the upcoming season, Landon told ESPN, “I expect to have an opportunity to compete to play early.”
Regardless of his skill level, the Scout explained he doesn’t feel entitled to early playing time. Instead, he plans to earn his time on the field by working hard and demonstrating his abilities to the FSU coaches.
Landon is living proof that Scouting and sports can coexist —in fact, youths who participate in both Scouting and sports show an increase in character-development, according to a recent study by Tufts University .
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