Filling big shoes is no easy task for any player at the high school level, but Rush-Henrietta (N.Y.) standout Chauncey Scissum has held his own. Replacing current Syracuse freshman Ashton Broyld, who was tabbed as a four-star quarterback, Scissum has led the squad to improving seasons in the last two campaigns.
The senior doubles as a standout defensive back en route to plenty of wins, though Rush-Henrietta's season ended earlier than expected.
"We're done, we finished 8-1," said Scissum. "We lost in the semi-finals for sectionals.
"It (the season) went well; it was my second year starting quarterback. I was pretty set in on the plays and stuff. It was just flowing. "
Scissum's dual-threat ability and above-average ball skills on the defensive end got him on radar with several schools over the summer, and the camp scene led to some offers before he pledged to FCS Old Dominion University.
Since, he has admittedly taken a closer look at additional schools pursuing him.
"I've been a little open and coach [Bobby] Wilder knows that I'm keeping things open," said Scissum, who remains solid to the Monarchs at this time. "I keep them informed to what's going on."
What went on most recently was a weekend drive south to Penn State for an unofficial visit.
"The trip was a lot of fun," the three-star said of PSU's win over Indiana. "Being in an environment like that, a big setting like that…just taking it all in and seeing what that type of level of football is. Seeing players there and proving that I can play at that level…"
While Bill O'Brien's staff is interested in the projected defensive back, and offer has not been put on the table just yet.
"I spoke with coach John Butler and Coach [Stan] Hixon actually, and they said they are interested in me and I'm the type of player they're looking for," said Scissum. "They said they want to look at my film and see what they want to do with me from there."
So what would an offer from the Nittany Lions mean?
"It's not necessarily what I've been waiting for, but it's a big step," he said. "It proves that I can play at that level, no matter what other people say. The hard work would have paid off."
Scissum is taking things as they come now that his season is over, but the plan is still to sign with ODU for now. He has an official visit set to see the Monarchs in FCS postseason play December 1, but hasn't ruled out additional officials.
Added Scissum, "Pitt reopened my evaluation and is looking at my film and Nebrasksa's coach has called my high school coach about me."