Scott goes in-depth on commitment

J.K. Scott picked up an offer from Alabama over the weekend and he committed to Nick Saban on the spot. Find out which other school was in contention, how he performed at the Tide's camp and much more inside.

J.K. Scott was familiar with Alabama before taking part in the team's camp on Saturday. But this would be his last time on campus without a scholarship offer from the national champs.

"I was at the Alabama kicking/punting/snapping specialist camp on June 8," he said. "It was run by Chris Sailer and Chris Rubio, who coached the snappers."

The three-star punter, who ranks as the top punter in the nation on Scout.com, is more than familiar with the way Sailer runs things.

"I've been with Chris Sailer for a while. I went to his Las Vegas event this winter and did pretty well there," he said. "But it came down to what was on my mind. And at Alabama, I was just trying to get the spot."

Before learning of his progress, Scott and fellow elite punters were asked to workout separately from the group.

"There was a couple of guys that were standing out among the punters, and I was one of them," said the Denver (Colo.) Mullen standout. "There was probably three or four of us, and they separated those guys to kick by themselves.

"I had already been on some visits and had been talking to the coaches about going out there. I was trying to get that spot."

Scott did, but he didn't learn of his offer until after returning to Denver.

"I committed the next day, Sunday, after I got home," he continued. "Nick Saban took three guys into his office to talk about where they were at in recruiting any everything. He asked us what our schools are, what we think of Alabama and everything."

"I talked to him for a bit. After the camp was over, the next day, we called and that's when it went down," said Scott. "He offered and I accepted right away."

Saban was specifically looking for a replacement for his rising senior punter already on the roster.

"He just said they wanted to offer me and that they were excited about me," he said. "He said I have what it takes to be the punter at Alabama, so there was the scholarship.

"The plan right now is for punter, because Cody Mandell will be a senior this season. They need a guy to come in and punt for them."

Scott will continue to work as a kicker as well for Mullen High, a skill Sailer feels he could use at Alabama if needed i calling the specialist a "combo prospect."

"I'm still going to be a balanced guy, I'm going to continue kicking and improving on my kicking," he maintained. "But they have a kicker that redshirted this past season. I'll be primarily punting there."

When it came down to the race for his services, the top punter in the class of 2014 had a quartet of offers to choose from.

"Colorado, Arizona and Notre Dame had offered me," he added. "I went on visits to Notre Dame and Alabama, and Colorado. Arizona, I didn't visit. I did research on it, but it was really down to Notre Dame and Alabama.

"I chose Alabama because I just thought it would fit me the best."

Familiarity helped in the decision, but the combination of academics and athletics put the Tide over the top.

"Me and my parents were on the visit, and we talked to the academic teams for a couple of the schools," he explained. "We talked to the deans of the physiology school (sports medicine), about their programs and everything, and they're school (UA) fit me the best of all the schools that offered me.

"Also, the teaching I would get with Nick Saban and the other coaches at Alabama, I think it's the best place to make me successful at what I want to do which is eventually the NFL. Plus, I liked it the best."

As the case with most specialists, Scott is done with the process now that he gave his verbal pledge to Saban.

"I'm done with talking to colleges and recruiting. I committed to Alabama, so I'm actually glad to be done with the process and everything," he admitted. "I just like Alabama so much that I committed right away, there's no question that it was the place for me.

"I'll probably focus on my workout and kicking this season and everything. Then I'll go down there after my senior season."

Following some from the 2013 class, distance clearly wasn't a factor for Scott, with his parents backing his decision.

"They're really supportive about it, they don't really want me to stay in Colorado," he said. "They want me to pursue my dreams. I'll miss them, but it's a good fit and my parents think it's a real good fit."

Some Colorado familiarity is already in Tuscaloosa for Scott, as freshman quarterback Luke Del Rio hails from the area.

"On one of the visits that I went up there, we had dinner," said the punter of the QB. "We talk a little bit. Mullen played Valor the first game of the season last year, we talk a bit."

With the decision behind him, as well as the camps and auditions, Scott is focused on improving his game for both his senior season and for the future.

He broke down what makes him an elite prospect.

"First off, my work ethic," said Scott. "Especially with my sport, I'm always doing things to improve, I have a very good work ethic in the weight room and on the field. I'm also 6-foot-5, with pretty long legs. My build gives me an advantage to get a good amount of force on the ball.

"My dad, too. He's very smart with workouts and athletic training, so he's helped me the whole way. I know a lot about training the right way and everything."


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