"I Will Be Ready To Play"

Houston Strake Jesuit product James Scott hasn't looked like an incoming freshman yet. While the pads haven't even come on, Scott is proving that he wants to contribute when his name is called upon. Come inside PonyStampede.com for the full story. If you don't have a premium membership, you are missing out!

My friend Jean-Jacques Taylor at the Dallas Morning News calls this time of year in football the "Underwear Olympics." No one is in pads and everyone looks ready to play. While I do agree with him that you can not put much stock in someone until they have pads on, this is the first time we are getting to see incoming freshman workout. Some look good, some look lost, some haven't even found their way to the Hilltop yet. Then there is James Scott. The Scout.com 101st ranked safety in the 2009 recruiting class has looked like a top 25 player at his position.

"James Scott out of Houston seems like he is really understanding the defense," stated sophomore Chris Banjo. "I'm really trying to coach him up. He is always asking me questions. That is what I like about him. He is not just trying to be some freshman. He is asking me questions that I'm not ready to teach yet, which makes me think that he is ready to play. He didn't come here to play around, he is serious about it."

A quarterback coming out of high school, Scott is up to 190 pounds, eight pounds more than he weighed during his senior year. For a player that did not play on the defensive side of the football last season, Scott has not seemed to miss a beat.

"The voluntary workouts have been going good. It feels good to be back on the field. It has been nice getting to know all the players," stated Scott to PonyStampede.com. "I personally have done okay. I played quarterback last year, so moving back to safety has been an adjustment for me.

While Scott has gained the attention from Chris Banjo and few SMU fans that attend voluntary workouts, he is also turning heads among the other upperclassmen.

"Play wise I would have to say James Scott has caught my attention," said senior safety Rock Dennis. "He is really getting his reads down and the game is starting to come to him a lot faster. He has been running down hill more and is not hesitant."

Now the big question is will James Scott see the field this season? His workouts so far have warranted it, but camp hasn't even started yet.

"My biggest goal is to just know the system front to back," said Scott. "It doesn't matter if I play right away. Red-shirting isn't that bad of a thing, but if they need me to play, I will be ready to play."

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