Scotty McCreery Names Possible College Options

Scotty's debut album, Clear as Day, will be released Oct. 4.

Scotty McCreery may be entering his senior year of high school, but the American Idol singer, who turns 18 on Oct. 9, already has his sights set on college. “We’ve looked at some options,” Scotty tells CountryWeekly.com.

Right now, some of those options include North Carolina State University in Raleigh and Nashville’s Belmont University and nearby Middle Tennessee State University. “I’ve visited Belmont,” says Scotty. “Brad Paisley, Trisha Yearwood, Josh Turner—so many of the greats have gone there. I talked to the president [of Belmont University] and he said, ‘We’ve had a lot of people come to Belmont and then go on to be country music singers, but never a [known] country music singer come to Belmont.’”

If he enrolls at Belmont, Scotty says he plans to major in music business; he admits choosing a college major would be harder in Raleigh. “North Carolina State’s big thing is engineering, but you’ve gotta be real smart to get into that. I’m a smart kid, but I don’t know if I’m that smart,” he says with an endearing, self-deprecating laugh.

As for now, he's more focused on his debut album, Clear as Day, which hits stores Oct. 4. "It’s 100 percent good in my opinion and I’m excited to get it out there. I want everyone else to hear what I’m hearing," says Scotty.

To find out more about Scotty's life after the American Idol tour, pick up the Oct. 10 issue of Country Weekly, on stands Oct. 3.

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