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Michigan State cornerback pledge Josiah Scott is no longer hunting for a scholarship. But he's still hunting and has also become the hunted.

Future Michigan State Spartans defensive back Josiah Scott has gone from the hunter of a scholarship to the hunted. Spartan Digest caught up with Scott who also stresses he’s still hunting in a different way since giving the Spartans his pledge in July.

Friday night found Josiah Scott and his Fairfield (Ohio) teammates playing in their third game of the season.  While the results ended in a loss, Scott talked with Spartans Digest on Thursday night about how life has gone since giving the Michigan State Spartans his pledge at the end of July.

“Things have been really good as I’ve not had to focus on recruiting,” said Scott.  “I’m just getting to know the coaches more and getting to know the other commits while also helping the coaches recruit other players to Michigan State.”

As a team Scott feels the Fairfield program continues to improve with this possibly being the biggest season during his prep career.

“I feel the team’s been doing really well,” he said.  “I’ve been doing really well and we worked really hard this offseason.  Since the season started we’ve been watching a lot of film and working to do everything right.”

With recruiting behind him, Scott has seen his role change from hunting for a scholarship to one of hunting down possible future teammates while also stepping up to the challenges of being a marked player to opposing teams.

“I feel I’ve been able to concentrate and focus way more on my game,” he said.  “But now I’m not the hunter but the hunted as players know I’m committed to Michigan State.  I know they are going to try and come after me every week.  So I have to bring my A-game every week.

“I’ve also been really working on the 2018 class with guys like Malik Vann and quarterback Kevin Doyle out of Malvern (Penn.) Prep.  Malik some days ignores me as I just go overboard.  Then, some days he talks with me.  I think he’s going to come with me for a visit during the Michigan game.

“I’ve reached out to Doyle and talked with him a little bit.

In talking with several of the current Spartan pledges it sounds like the Northwestern game could become a group outing.  Scott confirmed as much.

“Some of the commits are saying their planning on taking their official visit during the Northwestern game,” he explained.  “So I’ve got to talk with my parents to see if I can do that game or if I need to reschedule for the Ohio State game or a different weekend.  But right now I’m looking at Northwestern week.”

On the field Scott continues to show off his ball hawking skills with his fourth interception of the season Friday night in a loss to Dublin Coffman.  Scott currently has 12 career interceptions but feels his game has improved even more since last season.

“I feel I’ve improved the most on my technique,” he said.  “I’m now able to stay in my backpedal longer when receivers are pushing me and not put my hips back while being able to stay on top of the receiver.”

Spartan Digest will continue to follow the progress of Scott during his senior season.

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