Shutdown Corner To Visit Vols

Kenny Scott is a cornerback with a simple aim on the football field: he wants to be the defensive force opponents can't ignore and go to extremes to avoid.

Scott (6-2, 181), a four-year starter at Sea Breeze High School in Daytona Beach, Fla., has laid down the law from the time he was a freshman and intercepted six passes. Since that year, teams haven chosen not to challenge him.

However they haven't had that same choice when he flipped over to offense, and he has made them pay.

As a sophomore tailback, Scott rushed for 1,490 yards and 14 touchdowns. As a junior, he became more of an all-purpose threat to prevent defenses from overplaying the run, and gained 800 yards on the ground while catching 27 passes for 600 yards finishing with 18 touchdowns.

"I got a reputation where teams weren't going to do too much my way, so I played more offense than defense," he said. "But cornerback is really my position."

As Sea Breeze went 11-2 this season, Scott played full time on both sides of the ball and has made a massive impact. At tailback, he surpassed 1300 yards and scored 20 touchdowns. Additionally, he had 19 receptions for 250 yards and returned a kickoff for a touchdown. He set a career high with 180 yards rushing and three TDs in one game this season. On defense, he recorded 55 tackles, intercepted two passes and broke up 10 passes. In a 40-33 victory over Palatka, Scott had 11 tackles, two pass breakups and nine receptions for 55 yards.

Despite compiling nearly 5,000 yards in total offense over his high school career, Scott is rated the one of the top 10 cornerbacks in the country and No. 4 among speed corners by The Insiders. With 4.37 speed, a 4.37 shuttle and a 36-inch vertical leap, Scott is clearly among the most gifted players at his position. What's more: he has the confidence needed to go one-on-one with the country's top play-makers.

"I like corner," Scott said. "That's what I came in playing. I feel like I could go to any collegiate program and be an early impact player on that side of the ball."

From offer 40 scholarship offers, Scott has narrowed his list to five finalists which he will visit. He goes to Notre Dame this weekend to Florida State (Dec. 13), Florida (Jan. 10), Tennessee (Jan. 17) and Georgia Tech (Jan. 24).

An outstanding track performer with 10.7 speed in the 100 meters and a 22.2 personal best at 200 meters, Scott combines rapid deployment, razor-sharp instincts and a readiness to punish the opposition at cornerback.

"I want people to know they can't come to my side of the field without consequences and repercussions," he said. "I like that. I like being physical. I like hitting people and just causing problems for the opposition."

Scott plays opposite the opponent's best receiver wherever he goes on the gridiron and seeks to eliminate him as a factor.

"I like keeping other people from doing the things they really want to do," he said. "That's what I love to do. You're messing up another team's game plan and their coaches are over on the sidelines looking like: what can I do to stay away from this guy right here."

Scott hits the books and weights with equal enthusiasm. He carries a 3.5 GPA and plans to major in communications. He bench presses 265 pounds, squats 435 and clears 265 in the power clean.

With Tennessee losing two of its top three cornerbacks this season, Scott sees an opportunity to come in and contribute early for the Vols — a point UT coaches haven't hesitated to make with him.

"Jimmy Ray Stephens is recruiting me," Scott said of the UT offensive line coach. "I talk to him a lot. He tells me about my chances of coming in and playing at Tennessee depth-chart wise; what they've got there.

"Coach Chavis was down here early in the week. He went through the basics with me and told me what Tennessee had coming back. He covered the basics with me and showed me a lot of pictures of campus and stuff. I think they have a good staff as far as from what I've seen. I guess I'll learn about more of that on my visit."

Scott said he doesn't have a current leader and will wait until he makes all of his visits before making a commitment. He said he became interested in Tennessee from the number of big games it plays.

"They play good SEC ball," he said of the Vols. "Watching them every year against Florida; that game is always an indication of who's going to win the SEC, basically. I love playing in big games. I think that's really a great test and I'm a big-game player."

There are certainly no shortage of big games at Tennessee — cornerbacks are another matter entirely.


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