RECRUITING: Seabreeze Star Has UF Offer

Because cornerback is such a need position for the Florida Gators, top prospects from all over the country understand that there are jobs and early playing time available in Gainesville. One of the top prospects in Florida got his scholarship offer Wednesday and he's not wasting even a moment of time to see what Florida offers. He'll be in town Saturday for the Orange and Blue Game to check out the Florida campus and coaching staff.

(See James Scott profile)

"I will be there this weekend," said James Scott, a 5-9.5, 165-pound corner from Daytona Beach Seabreeze. "I have been talking to them [Florida]. I talked to Coach (Billy) Gonzales and Coach (Urban) Meyer and they offered me a scholarship yesterday (Wednesday)."

He liked the approach the Florida coaches took when they recruited him.

"They just told me they wanted me to come there and wanted to know what I liked about the school," he said. "I told them I liked it and it wouldn't be a bad place to play."

His older brother is Kenny Scott, the standout corner that signed with Georgia Tech in 2003. Florida recruited Kenny hard but in the last few days before National Signing Day he chose George Tech. Florida's coaching staff sees a lot of Kenny's qualities in James and they have made certain he understands how much he is needed.

"They [Gator coaches] say that I am physical and that I make plays," James Scott said. "They said they needed cornerbacks after this season because of all the seniors they have."

James first got a taste of the Florida campus back in 2003 when he came to Gainesville with Kenny on his official visit. James came back to Gainesville a couple of weeks ago when the Gators held a junior day in conjunction with one of their scrimmages.

"I went to junior day a couple of weeks ago," Scott said. "I enjoyed myself. I enjoyed practice and going to the balcony upstairs and looking out over the stadium. I thought the practice was real intense. I just liked that there was a lot of competition."

There is already one familiar face on the Florida roster. Cornerback Avery Atkins, who was a star at Daytona Beach Mainland, is a starting corner for the Gators. The two have known each other quite awhile.

"I know Avery Atkins," said Scott. "He tells me that it's nice, not too far and I can come home whenever I want because it's close."

He also has a scholarship offer from Alabama and he's hearing from some other schools with big time programs.

"Alabama and UCF and Tennessee are all talking to me," he said. "Alabama has offered me already and they have a good tradition. I don't know a whole lot about the school."

Seabreeze barely missed the playoffs last year, but Scott did his part for the team. He returned three kickoffs for touchdowns and he picked off three passes, returning one for a score. He was also one of the top tacklers on the team. This year he will add some running back duties to an already busy slate.

Scott's dad played college football at nearby Bethune-Cookman and he's been a constant influence. He says he learned to play physically and learned to love playing football from his dad.

As a cornerback he understands that he is the last line of defense on the football field.

"My coaches always told me that cornerbacks are always the best athletes on the field," he said. "We are out there on an island. We are depended on to make plays if the line or the linebackers miss the tackles."

The Gators will lose three of the four top cornerbacks on their roster to graduation in 2006 so there is a void that has to be filled. James Scott, a self-professed Charles Woodson and Deion Sanders fan, has a Florida scholarship offer and an opportunity to get on the field early and often if he decides to be a Gator.

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