New UF Coaches have Chris Scott's interest

As the holidays approach and signing day nears, each school's recruiting board begins to narrow significantly as their coveted recruiting prospects begin making decisions. For star players like Chris Scott, that means his phone and doorbell ring non-stop as coaches (and recruiting services) are constantly after him to see what he is thinking. Scott has recently named Tennessee and LSU his leaders, but do the Florida Gators still have a chance to land this powerful lineman? ALSO: Vide

(Click on Chris Scott's name to view his impressive videos...)'s recruiting staff has been making the rounds lately, talking to prospects who have been contacted by new Coach Urban Meyer and his staff. Scott's had a chance to meet one of the new coaches up close and personal, plus he's been on the phone with Coach Meyer.

"Last night (Thursday) Coach (Mike) Locksley and one of the new coaches came by here and introduced themselves," Chris Scott said. "And, the other day, probably Monday, Coach Locksley put me on the phone with Coach Meyer for a quick minute. I also got a call from the new line coach."

Scott's initial impression was positive overall.

"I'm still going through a change [in coaching staffs] so I don't really know them," he said, "but the first impression was pretty good. They talk good, and I believe I can get to know these guys…real cool people."

From the sound of it, the new Gator staff has been able to buy some time with the giant from Georgia. Coach Meyer and company has also gotten Scott to bump up his visit from January 21, when it was originally set, to January 7. The 6-4, 315-pound road grater has already taken official visits to LSU, Georgia, and Tennessee. Florida will be his final stop.

LSU is one of Scott's final choices. During the past week there has been plenty of talk that Saban is about to bolt the LSU program for the Miami Dolphins of the NFL. Scott is aware of the talk, but says it's more about the school than it is the coach.

It's not going to make much of an [impact]," he said about Saban leaving. "I still like the school and everything they have going on down there. I don't make my decisions on the coaching staff."

Taking a look at the competition for Scott makes for interesting guesswork. The Georgia Bulldogs, according to Dean Legge of the ( affiliate), are at their threshold for scholarships. Tennessee has two offensive linemen committed and seems to have room to take at least one more. They are losing Mike Munoz and Jason Respert along their line, but the following year the two-deep will be loaded with seniors. LSU may be losing their coaches, and appear to be in the exact same position as Tennessee. The Gators have two tackles, a guard, and a center that will be graduating after next season, so the need is there as well. Chris is fully qualified and it seems his decision will come down to where he is most comfortable.

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