Jared Scott has received a three-star rating by Scout.com. Scott was ranked by 247 Sports as the No. 26 overall recruit in the state of Illinois in the 2017 recruiting class. He was recruited by colleges as both a football and basketball player at Oak Park-River Forest High School, deciding to commit to the Wyoming Cowboys to play college football. Scott helped lead Oak Park-River Forest High to a 7-3 record and the First Round of the 2016 Illinois 8A State Playoffs. Class 8A is the largest classification in the state of Illinois. Scott will rejoin his high school teammate and current Wyoming Cowboy freshman Jahmari Moore. Scott will also join the Wyoming Football program with Oak Park-River Forest teammate, Keyon Blankenbaker, who is another member of the 2017 Wyoming recruiting class. They played for head coach John Hoerster at Oak Park-River Forest.
Scott was also recruited by Ball State and Western Michigan.