New defensive tackle prospect emerges

More precious than gold, it seems that every college recruiter these days is searching for that big athlete, mobile enough to play on the defensive line and tough enough to play defensive tackle. has recently identified another key DT prospect to add to the watch list.

John Scott, 6-2, 280 pounds, is a fast progressing defensive tackle/defensive end who was the catalyst for the Black Bears front wall last season. He moved to Decatur from Yonkers, New York where he attended Saunders High School.

Sporting a 4.90 clocking in the 40-yard dash, Scott was a member of the football team as a freshman, but he was more noted in basketball. He actually transferred to Austin High School for his sophomore season, but Saunders finally realized his promising future in football as a junior.

The arrival of Joe Gaddis (coached at Oak Ridge, TN - Pascagoula, MS) as coach of Austin High School has impacted the development of Scott into a potential star defensive tackle.

Scott is very active on the field and possesses outstanding mobility. He was a starter on the 6A final four basketball team as a junior, which also points out his agility and speed.

He produced 88 tackles, 14 sacks, eight pass knockdowns, four caused fumbles, and two fumble recoveries as a junior. Following that performance, Scott was selected to the All Area, All Region, and Honorable Mention All State Teams.

Scott is planning to attend the FCA (North Carolina), MTSU and Alabama camps this summer.

He bench presses 315 pounds, squats 500, and power cleans 225. Scott carries a 3.1 GPA and will take the ACT in June.

Scott lists his early favorites as Alabama, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Mississippi State, and Southern Miss.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tide Assistant Coach Melvin Smith scouted Scott recently in person, and according to sources at Austin High Smith came away very impressed.

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