Scott hopes to strengthen Tide secondary

Considering a school that had just been hit with a two-year bowl ban is enough to scare off most recruits, especially those coming from the junior college ranks with only two years of eligibility left. <br><br>But it didn't chase away David Scott, one of the top rated defensive backs coming to Alabama from Jones County Community College in Ellisville, Mississippi.

Scott, a firm commitment to Alabama from early in the recruiting process, didn't even think about changing his commitment when NCAA penalties were levied.

Demonstrating his athleticism, Scott jumps to the top of the highest platform. He expects to be a part of the playing rotation at cornerback this season.

"I knew about the situation," Scott said. "It was all on the headlines. I was thinking about the worst situation.

"But it didn't change my mind. I had made up my mind that Alabama was a good place to play football. I went with my decision."

Scott played last season at Jones County Community College in Mississippi, where he had seven interceptions and 44 tackles. With Scott at cornerback, Jones County won the competitive battle for state junior college champion. For his efforts he was named first-team junior college All-America.

Prior to playing for Jones County, Scott spent two seasons at North Carolina, where he played under current Tide Defensive Coordinator Carl Torbush and former Safeties Coach Ron Case. Scott was signed by North Carolina out of Homestead Senior High School in Homestead, Florida.

"My relationship with them was very good," Scott said. "I redshirted there my first year and played my second."

Scott decided to play his final two years at the Capstone once he learned of the Tide's rich history.

Shown performing a hang clean in the weight room, Scott wanted to get to Alabama as soon as possible to get a jump on his strength training.

"I liked the tradition here," Scott said. "I think it's a great place for me to succeed and get to where I want to go. The education level is (high). It was a good choice for me to come here."

Scott, who will have two years of eligibility left to play for the Tide, wanted to get to campus early, and is now with the team participating in voluntary workouts.

The 6-0, 180-pound cornerback knows his goals and his strengths. "Right now, I just want to start and play," Scott said. "My strengths are one-on-one coverage and speed."

Scott has been timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.4 seconds.

He will play cornerback for the Tide, and will compete for playing time with returning starters Gerald Dixon and Hirchel Bolden, as well as junior Roberto McBride, and redshirt freshmen Anthony Madison and Charlie Peprah.


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