July 7, 2008

Rebels emerging as a candidate for Scott

Jonathan Scott was perfectly prepared for the recruiting blitz that's shaking up his world these days.

One of his brothers, Kenny Scott, just finished a stellar career at Georgia Tech. Another, James Scott, signed with Ohio State in February 2007 and is pushing for a starting spot at cornerback with the Buckeyes.

"This is something I've been looking forward to my whole life after watching my brothers go through it," Jonathan Scott said Sunday night. "They told me to take my time, take all of my visits, talk to everybody and get my name out there. They told me it's going to get crazy as it starts to wind down, but that's the best part of it all."

Things are getting crazy for Scott because the 6-foot-3, 190-pound safety from Daytona Beach (Seabreeze), Fla., is seeing his stock skyrocket this summer. The three-star standout is ranked No. 59 nationally among safeties by Rivals.com and his offer list is growing steadily.

Auburn, Florida State, Illinois, Kentucky, LSU, Michigan, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Central Florida and Florida International have all offered.

Of those, Michigan, South Carolina and LSU have intrigued him the most, but there is a sleeper in the mix. Scott has struck up a strong relationship with Ole Miss recruiting coordinator/cornerbacks coach Chris Vaughn, one that gives the Rebels more than a puncher's shot at Scott's talented services.

"We have built a relationship that's better than I've ever had with a coach," Scott said. "We talk on a whole other level. It's like a family relationship. It's a friend-type relationship, rather than just a recruiting coach."

Scott said Vaughn has told him that Ole Miss "is a good school and he wants to get a chance to work with me."

Scott knows a lot less about Ole Miss than he does LSU, South Carolina and Michigan, but still, he's intrigued.

"I can tell you one thing: Eli Manning went there and he won the Super Bowl last year," Scott said. "You can come from anywhere. Ole Miss isn't a small school. Eli was the first pick (in the 2004 NFL draft) and they play in the No. 1 conference in the nation right now."

Scott said he's looking for a coaching staff and an environment that he's comfortable with. He said he plans to take all five allotted official visits before announcing a decision, likely at Seabreeze's football banquet in January.

On the field, Scott had 40 tackles, one interception, 12 pass break-ups and one fumble recovery last season.

"I give my all on every play," Scott said. "I love to hit, so guys better tighten up their chinstraps. I loved (former Miami and Washington Redskins safety) Sean Taylor. I want to play a lot like him."

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