A "Lott" To Like About Alabama Athlete

J.D. Lott was one of the most impressive performers at last weekend's Scout.com Auburn Combine.

Birmingham, Ala.–-An athlete who has attracted attenton in recent weeks in recruiting circles is defensive end J.D. Lott from Briarwood Christian. A playmaker for the Lions on defense, the 6-3 1/2, 212 Lott gave a glimpse of his talent last Saturday at the Scout.com Auburn combine and left no doubts as to his place among the top players in Alabama for next season.

Despite not having the right shoes to run in when the testing was moved indoors because of rain in the area, Lott ran a 40-yard dash time of 4.67 seconds to rank among the top runners of the day regardless of size. He added a vertical leap of 35 inches and also had a very impressive standing broad jump of nine feet, nine inches.

To top things off his shuttle time of 4.43 seconds was 16th fastest out of more than 100 prospects present that day. He says that the combine was an experience he enjoyed and it gives him confidence that he can compete on the level of the top prospects from around the South.

"It was pretty much everything I expected," Lott tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I did a lot better than I thought I would on everything by my 40. I slipped on my first two and I didn't run as well as I thought I would with two 4.6s. I thought I could get to 4.5. I was very satisfied with everything else. It was great to see other competition. I haven't been around other prospects before so it was good to see how I measured up to everybody else.

"I feel much more comfortable (after attending the combine)," he adds. "I feel like I can pretty much measure up with a lot of the best players there. I feel like my times are good, but I had to leave early before the one-on-one drills."

Lott runs the 40-yard dash during Saturday's combine.

A starter since his sophomore season at both defensive end and linebacker, Lott is coming off back-to-back solid years for the Lions. Two seasons ago he totaled 70 tackles. As a junior he started the entire season at defensive end opposite Auburn signee Andrew McCain and led the team in tackles with 95 stops. He also added five sacks, 10 tackles for a loss, four deflected passes and three forced fumbles. Despite not having ideal size for a defensive end he says that he has some things going for him that enable him to make plays.

"I think that my speed and my strength really come into play a lot," he notes. "I can't really be pushed around much even though I don't weight much. I have pretty good strength for my size. I use my speed to get my first initial step past the guy so I don't get overwhelmed by his size. I'm probably not going to outweigh many offensive linemen."

Despite playing in the shadows of McCain and Alabama signee Charles Hoke last season and Castille brothers Tim and Simeon in years before, Lott's play has caught the attention of most of the schools in the SEC and he says they've all shown him some attention recently.

"Right now I'm hearing from Tennessee, Vandy, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, LSU, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi State and quite a few more," Lott says. "Those are the main ones right now. I don't have any offers, but my coach told me today that Clemson is ready to offer. I've heard a little bit about Ole Miss as well, but I'm not sure about that."

Best friends with current Alabama commitment Andy Davis, a teammate at Briarwood, Lott would have some incentive to attend Alabama as well next season, but he says that at the moment the Crimson Tide is not on his list of favorites. In fact he's becoming more interested in the Auburn Tigers as the days go by.

"Auburn, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and LSU right now are the most interesting," Lott says. "My family are Alabama fans, but I always liked Auburn growing up more, but I've never been gung ho either way. The last few years I have been watching Auburn a little more. I went to two or three games with Andrew this year and got to meet the players and coaches. Watching Stanley McClover mainly got me interested in them. I would love to learn from him."

With his size and speed teams are recruiting Lott to play a number of positions. LSU is looking at him as a tight end while both Tennessee and Auburn want him for defense either at linebacker or defensive end. He says that following a summer on the camp circuit all his favorites should have a good idea of his skills as he heads into his senior year.

"I am planning on going to Auburn, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and LSU right now," Lott says. "I could add some or even drop a few at any given time. I'm not real sure right now. Most likely it will be those four."

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