Seabreeze's Scott Definitely Interesed In OSU

Although his name might not be as well known to the Ohio State faithful as some of the other cornerbacks that the Buckeyes have an interest in, James Scott of Daytona Beach (Fla.) Seebreeze High School has a scholarship offer from OSU and is seriously looking at Ohio State going into his senior season. Scott's visit to OSU this summer may have "opened up his eyes" a bit in the recruiting process.

One name that might not be as familiar as some of the others in the Ohio State recruiting circles is James Scott of Daytona Beach, (Fla.) Seabreeze High School.

Scott, a cornerback who attended Ohio State's second senior camp but didn't work out when he was there, says that OSU is one of the schools that's he definitely interested in.

"I'm very interested in Ohio State," Scott said. "They offered me during the spring time and then I went up there this summer and got to see the campus and tour the facilities and meet some of the players. I had a good time up there."

Scott didn't really know a whole lot about Ohio State prior to him getting an offer but one of his coaches at Seabreeze, Corey Moore, had previously worked an Ohio State camp a few years back and sort of introduced the staff to Scott.

"They saw my highlight film and they became interested in me," Scott said. "I came up for their summer camp to look around and watch. I thought everything there was pretty good and I learned a lot about the tradition at Ohio State. Just being in the stadium alone was amazing."

And he met Nate Oliver when he was at the camp and struck up an ongoing friendship with Ohio State's first verbal commitment to the class of 2007.

"Me and Nate talk a lot. We've got a pretty good relationship going on," Scott said. "He's trying to get me to come up that way with him. But I'm going to take my visits and see how I like all of the other schools and see what everyone else has to offer."

In addition to Ohio State, Scott is looking at Florida, Alabama, LSU and Tennessee.

"I'm going to try to visit (officially) all of the schools before I decide," he said. "I'll be up at Ohio State for either the Michigan or Penn State game."

Scott enjoyed meeting with Jim Tressel and his staff when he came to Ohio State this summer.

"I got to meet with Coach Tressel. We had a good conversation," he said. "Coach Tressel is a great guy. He preaches about family values first of all so that's very important. He seems like a down-to-earth guy, somebody that I can easily talk to."

At 5-10 and 170 pounds, Scott likes to think of himself as physical corner with good cover skills. He was a second-team All-State selection (4A classification) last year and is regarded by some as one of Florida's top returning players this season.

"I'm an all-around cornerback. I can do it all, cover and hit," Scott said. "And I like having my team depend on me knowing that I'm going to make the next play."

Scott has been starting at corner since his freshman year at Seabreeze

"I was going against Xavier Lee everyday in my freshman year during practice. That helped to get my mental game ready," he said. "Getting beat in my freshman year helped to develop me as a player."

His older brother, Kenny Scott, already a two-year starter at Georgia Tech, has been a mentor to his younger brother.

"He's a three-year letterman and he'll be a senior this year," said James Scott about his brother. "He plays cornerback also so I get a lot of tips and stuff from him."

Scott confirmed a strong affinity he has with a certain school and it's not Georgia Tech.

"I grew up liking Florida so I can't knock them out of the picture. I always wanted to put on the Gator helmet and play," Scott said. "But seeing more schools opens up your eyes."

Seeing Ohio State has obviously opened up his eyes.

"It's a great school with a winning tradition," Scott said. "It's pretty much a good place that I'm really interested in."

Coach Darrell Hazell is recruiting Scott for Ohio State.

"He came down in the spring to see me," Scott said. "We text each other a lot."

Scott, who last season returned three kickoffs for touchdowns and intercepted three passes - returning one for a score, reportedly has 2.85 GPA and has scored 880 on the SAT.


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