During his senior season as a wide receiver at Jacksonville's Episcopal High School, Scantling caught 66 passes for over 1,200 yards and 13 touchdowns. Scantling participated in Jacksonville University's Pro Day in March.
“I am glad we ‘stole’ him away from football, but I feel his training as a decathlete sharpened his physical skills and I am happy Falcons’ coach Dan Quinn could see this,” Scantling’s former Georgia track and field coach Petros Kyprianou said. “This move does not surprise me as I know Garrett as an athlete and his athleticism can help him excel at any sport. The NFL is an entirely different game, but he has been through the decathlon at the Olympic Trials level. I don’t think it gets tougher than that since those guys have 10 grueling events to train for.”