Scott began his career as a series regular on The Steve Harvey Show in 1996, with guest spots in other TV series such as Fitz and Gun. His first feature film role came as the younger version of Loren Dean's character in Andrew Nicolas' Gattaca. He can also be seen as Hank in the TV movie Before Women Had Wings and as Randy in the independent picture The Opposite of Sex. In 1999, Scott starred in October Sky as Roy Lee Cooke. He also had a role in the 2000 film Gone in 60 Seconds. In 2007, he guest starred in Criminal Minds in the episode "Children of the Dark."