Speedy 2011 WR Scott verbals to Stanford

Over the course of the 2009 season, the Stanford football team cemented its identity as a smash mouth, physical football team. While that will likely continue to be the case for years to come, the Stanford coaching staff received some welcome news from a class of 2011 player who could bring a somewhat different dimension to the Cardinal offense.

Mitchell County High School (Camilla, Ga.) star Justin Scott is one of the fastest players in the entire Southeast. He picked up early offers from Georgia, East Carolina and Stanford, in addition to early interest from most of the SEC, but decided to end his recruitment early Friday night by calling Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh.

"I called him and told him that I was going to be a part of the program," Scott said. "We talked about how he was going to use me in the offense and the school and why it was a good fit."

After much deliberation, Scott largely committed to Stanford because of the strength of its Athletic Department as a whole and the academic opportunities the school presents.

"It's one of the best schools in the nation and a good football team, and has great athletics all around," Scott said. "I just felt like it was a good fit with the education and the football program and track program."

Still, many recruits in Scott's position would have chosen to wait until closer to Signing Day to make a decision.

"There were a lot of personal reasons why I went ahead and committed," Scott said. "I talked to my family and we just thought I should get it out of the way now, so it doesn't interfere with track and next football season."

The Cardinal offered Scott back in early October. Since that time, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound athlete has diligently studied what Stanford has to offer both on and off the field.

"My family and I sat down and looked at all the schools that were looking at me and that I was interested in," Scott said. "I was just thinking about life after football and a degree from Stanford will definitely help my family out whether I'm good enough to go pro or just get a degree and get a job. I have to think about my life after football."

But Harbaugh and the rest of the Cardinal coaching staff are already salivating over what Scott can bring to the football program on the field.

As a sophomore, Scott posted a time of 10.64 seconds in the 100-meter dash in the Georgia Olympics, finishing second among all runners in the 2A classification. Moreover, the Scout 300 watch list member and three-star prospect has the intangibles to match those physical skills.

"Scott is an athlete that plays with no fear," Scout.com Southern Region recruiting analyst Chad Simmons wrote in Scott's profile. "He is best when going vertical because of his straight-line speed. But because of his attitude, he will go across the middle for a tough catch as well."

Scott said that Stanford plans to use him as a slot receiver with play-making capabilities -- another offensive weapon for Andrew Luck to have at his disposal.

"That was one of the things [that went into my decision]," Scott said of the opportunity to play with Luck. "I know he's a redshirt freshman All-American. That will be a really good thing: he being able to throw me passes and I'll be able to play with him."

But before he actually signs with the Stanford more than a year from now, Scott will have to take care of business in the classroom. While he admits that he isn't too familiar with the application process at this time, Scott is position himself quite nicely to be admitted.

A likely physics or science major, Scott holds a 3.5 GPA and plans to take the SAT for the first time next month.

In general, the Georgia prospect presents a mature personality, whether it in regards to his academic pursuits, or his decision to commit to a school so far away despite having local options.

"I have an uncle who stays out there and you can always come back home, so the distance is not too big of a deal," Scott said."

Scott does admit it will be somewhat comforting to have a large group of Georgia natives on the Stanford roster, but also seems eager to acquaint himself with Cardinal players from all parts of the country.

"It's always good knowing someone from the same region as you so you connect, but I plan on meeting the whole team, not just people from my area," Scott said.

Scott plans to take an unofficial visit up to Stanford in the spring. He also plans to run track at Stanford in addition to participating in football.

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