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DE Brennan Scarlett out for the rest of football playoffs

  • Central Catholic defensive end Brennan Scarlett, one of the nation's top senior football recruits, will miss the rest of the Class 6A playoffs after aggravating an injury in the team's first-round win over North Medford last week.

    Scarlett, who suffered a broken collarbone Sept. 17 against Jesuit and had surgery to repair it Sept. 22, returned to action last week. But he felt pain in the collarbone after playing two series in the first quarter, left the game and did not come back.

    Scarlett had his collarbone examined this week and learned that the metal plate inserted during surgery was bent.

    “It's not broken, it's just irritated,” said Central Catholic coach Steve Pyne, whose eighth-ranked Rams (8-2) play host to South Salem (7-3) in the round of 16 on Friday night. “The doctors have recommended that he just shut it down, let it heal completely and try again next fall.”

    Another surgery is a possibility, but extended rest is more likely, according to his father, Paul Scarlett.

    “With the plate being bent, it's not normal,” Paul Scarlett said. “Right now we're having to contemplate what to do. We could easily leave it and let it heal up. We just talked to a doctor on Monday, so we have a couple of days to decide what to do.”

    The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Scarlett, rated as a four-star recruit by and, continues to evaluate his college options.

    He has visited USC and Notre Dame and plans to visit California this weekend and either Nebraska or Stanford the following weekend, Paul Scarlett said. He also is scheduled to visit UCLA during the first weekend of December.

    He also is considering Oregon, Washington and LSU, his father said.

    “He's just trying to decide through the visits,” Paul Scarlett said. “The visits are helping. He's not in a rush to decide. I think we'll have a better idea in December after he's completed his visits.”

    Scarlett has been selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 8 in San Antonio, but it is uncertain if he will play. The all-star game has become a stage for players to announce their college choices, but Scarlett may need more time to decide, his father said.

    Scarlett, who missed his sophomore and junior basketball seasons because of season-ending football injuries, is hopeful of playing basketball this season. If he does, it probably wouldn't be until late December at the earliest, according to Paul Scarlett.

    For now, Brennan Scarlett will root for the Rams from the sidelines.

    “This last incident is certainly a big blow,” Paul Scarlett said. “He's a strong kid, he's got strong resolves, so he'll make it through. He worked hard and he was patient. He looked impressive in the two series he was out there.”