Instant Impact: James Scott

James Scott has stunned the recruiting world by issuing a commitment to the Ohio State Buckeyes when many people considered him a lock for the Florida Gators. Scott, who is the Buckeyes' 13th known commitment, checks in as one of the most highly touted members of the class.

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James Scott, a 5-foot-10, 165-pound cornerback from Seabreeze Senior High in Daytona Beach, Fla. is ranked as the No. 22 cornerback in the nation by Scout.com, but due to superior skills at cornerback his stock could be on the rise.

Good: Personally, I think this kid is the second best commit the Buckeyes have landed to date along with Eugene Clifford. An impressive pick-up for the Buckeyes. Scott is tough, strong, aggressive and technically sound. Scott has a very quick backpedal, he opens up well with his fluid hips. He plays a very physical style of press coverage and often knocks receivers off their routes. He shows an outstanding burst and ability to change direction out of his back pedal. He has unmatched closing speed and explodes through ball carriers. He takes very good angles when making a tackle and is not afraid to get inside the box and mix it up. Scott does an outstanding job at sticking with the receiver and making plays on the ball. Corners who can cover and play the run like Scott are a rarity.

Bad: He lacks ideal size and could potentially have problems with bigger wide receivers at the next level. Like all aggressive plays can at times be too quick to react and come up on the squat too quickly.

Future: Ideally you would like to see Scott take a red shirt and learn from Malcolm Jenkins. It would not be shocking though to see this kid get some early reps. Like another Floridian that the Buckeyes picked up recently Brian Rolle, Scott could be an outstanding weapon on special teams early in his career.

Pro Comparison: Former Ohio State and current Minnesota Vikings CB Antoine Winfield.


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