On the high school level, many times being the best athlete on your team finds the prospect playing out of their natural position.
This may be the case for Houston Strake Jesuit's James Scott. The talented athlete, who has already committed to SMU, plays quarterback for Strake, but admits it that the Mustangs want him on the defensive side of the ball on the D1 level.
"They are telling me they want me to play safety or corner at SMU," Scott told PonyStampede.com Tuesday. "I don't care where I play, as long as I contribute and I'm a part of turning around the program at SMU."
Scott committed to the Mustangs back over the summer; he is looking forward to finishing his senior season off strong and begin preparing his game for the next level.
"I keep in touch with Coach (Jeff) Reinebold all the time," Scott said. "I can't wait to get to SMU."
While Scott is very excited about his decision to attend SMU, he has decided to wait and graduate from high school in May instead of December. He wants to enjoy his senior year in high school.
Scott and his Jesuit team has only played five games this fall due to Hurricane Ike, while several of Houston's schools were hit hard, the Scott family fared better than others.,
"We actually got our electricity back on the next day," Scott explained. "Many of my friends came over and spent time at our house."
Due to the weather and spending time preparing for his high school games, Scott hasn't had an opportunity to make the trip to Dallas to watch SMU play. That doesn't mean he hasn't kept up with the Mustangs recent progress this season.
"I haven't yet, but I plan to in the near future," Scott said. "My dad and I have been keeping up on how they are playing. They seem to be getting better each week."
Scott has had success so far his senior season, the talented athlete who is playing quarterback for Strake has over 870 yards passing and 13 touchdowns and over 300 yards rushing.
"I'm very much committed to SMU," Scott said. "I want a quality education and I know I can't get any better than SMU."