Being an emotional player can be a gift and a curse.
If you know anything about Chamberlain High strong safety Carlin Scott, he's a player who feeds off the emotions that arise during the course of a game.
"I play through a lot of built-up emotions," Scott said. "When I do well, I just feel that love for the game. That's where the passion is from."
Last season, Carlin felt the curse of those emotions when he was forced to sit the final six games of 2010 following a suspension. Needless to say, his emotions got the better of him then.
"It hurt me a lot because it was my junior year. I learned a lot from that and I learned how playing with emotions can wreck you, but for the good side of playing with emotions, when you see yourself doing well, you feed off that energy. I love it. I just get goose bumps talking about it."
To understand where those emotions derive for Scott, you have to know his past. He was grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and moved to Tampa with his three brothers — Joey, Lamond and Terrell — when he was about 11.
Because his mother had legal issues here, his grandparents relocated to Tampa from Alaska to take care of him and his siblings.
Scott's father, Edward Scott, who played three NFL seasons, remains in Alaska.
"My grandparents, I love them so much," said Scott, who with his younger brother lives with his mother now that her legal issues are resolved. "They were always there. … They worked so hard for us and the whole family."
Scott hopes to join his older brothers on a collegiate roster. He has received official offers from Oregon and Oregon State, while UCLA, Florida Atlantic, Central Florida and Kentucky have shown interest.
"God, I put him first in every thing and He's just been good to me," Scott said, taken aback momentarily by the scope of teams interested in his talents. "He's always been there for me and without Him, this isn't happening."