For Daytona (FL) Seabreeze safety Jonathan Scott, the recruiting process is not a totally foreign experience. After all, he is the younger brother of former Georgia Tech standout Kenny Scott and Ohio State sophomore corner James Scott. Now it is Jonathan's turn to get courted by college coaches and he is slowly but surely becoming a highly coveted prospect in his own right. He already has eight offers to his credit, with one of the most recent coming from the University of Michigan.
"I talked to Coach Rod Smith on Monday, March 31st, and he set me up with Coach Rich Rodriguez," Scott recalled. "He told me they were offering me a full scholarship. It caught me by surprise. My brother plays for Ohio State and (Michigan) is their rivalry school."
In addition to being brothers, Jonathan and James were also high school teammates. The idea of one of them suiting up in Scarlet & Gray while the other dons the Maize & Blue is interesting to say the least.
"He was happy for me," Jonathan said, explaining his brother's reaction. "I joked around with him for a little bit (about playing against him at Michigan). He didn't like that (laughing). Ohio State hasn't offered yet. I'm the type to do my own thing, but if it comes down to it, I don't have any problem going up there with my bro. I'd have a lot of thinking to do."
As it turns out, James Scott's presence at Ohio State doesn't just help Buckeyes, it helps all suitors outside of his immediate vicinity.
"Since (James) has already gone far away, he has already (blazed a path) for me," replied Jonathan when asked whether distance from home will be a factor in his choice. "He said it's cold up there, but my daddy said the cold will make a man out of you. Location is not a big deal, but it could be a factor. I'm looking mainly at the coaching staff and a winning program, of course."
It just so happens that more and more winning programs are setting their sights on Scott as an option in their secondary. His combination of size and attitude makes him the kind of downfield patrolman that's in demand.
"I'm a good-sized safety…about 6-4, 195, " he said. "I'm a big guy that can drop his hips and get loose! I can tackle in the open field. Last year I think I had 40 tackles and two forced fumbles, a pick two fumble recoveries, and 12 pass break-ups.
For the time being Scott is looking at his recruitment with an open mind, but there are a few schools that currently stand out from the rest.
I've already taken a few unofficial visits to the University of Miami and Florida State. Florida State has offered me. They were actually the first to offer me. I was pretty happy about that. They are one of my favorites. My top three would be LSU, Michigan, and Florida State. I want to wait until signing day to make my decision, but I don't know if I will yet."