K.J. Britt is one of the hottest names in recruiting circles in the South.
The Scout three-star linebacker prospect from the 2017 class has seen his offer list nearly double in the last four weeks, including Tennessee pulling the trigger. The news of the Vols offer came by way of linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen.
“It’s big,” said Scott, who received offers from Army and Memphis the same day. “It’s my first SEC school. That’s always big when you can have an SEC offer. I’ve been excited.”
Since that day, other schools to come with offers include Alabama, Auburn, Louisville, Michigan, Mississippi State, N.C. State, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
The Yellowhammer State standout finds a potential career on Rocky Top attractive outside of just being in the Southeastern Conference.
“I just feel like lately they’ve been playing some strong defense,” Scott said. “I watched them play against Alabama; I was at the Alabama game (in Tuscaloosa last October). They played hard and it’s a tradition school, too. At the end of the season, they played real good. I just feel like they can get me better for the next level and my education and all that stuff.”
Scott was in Knoxville on Saturday for an invite-only event to “get a feel for the campus and a feel for the coaches and see if it’s home.”
The 6-foot-1, 230-pounder holds down SAM linebacker for Oxford (Ala.) High School.
“I feel like I’m fast,” Scott said. “I feel like I’m fast from sideline to sideline. I feel like when I get there, you should feel me when I make my first contact. I’m not scared of contact. I like contact. I feel like I’m a pretty smart linebacker. I’m looking at the guard’s eyes, his stance, if he has one foot back he might pull. I’m also looking at the eyes of the running back. I study film a lot, so I try to be the smartest linebacker I could be, which I had 126 tackles in 10 games this year so I feel like I did pretty good. Right now I’m trying to get my team ready for a state championship run this year.”