James Scott becomes first Red Raider of 2009

James Scott, a linebacker out of Coldspring, Texas, committed to Texas Tech yesterday and became the first Red Raider for the class of 2009. RaiderPower.com caught up with Coldspring's Head Coach Bryan Barbay to find out more about Scott and what he will bring to the table when he gets to Lubbock after next season.

James Scott, a linebacker out of Coldspring, Texas, has committed to Texas Tech to become the first Red Raider for the class of 2009.

Coldspring High's head coach, Bryan Barbay explained that why James is such a valuable asset to his team and will be a major contributor for the Red Raiders.

"I've never coached a kid where colleges started coming after him in 11th grade, but I can see why people want him. They're looking for players that are fast and can hit hard, and he can do both of those things."

Scott, who weighs in at 225 and is 6'3", plays both ways for the Coldspring High Trojans as both a linebacker and running back. He is projected to come in to Tech as a linebacker.

There doesn't seem to be much of a downside to the talented athlete, who boasts both strength and speed. Barbay didn't have an official 40 time for him, but he noted that Scott boasts a squat of 425, a bench press of 260, and a power clean of 250. This past weekend, he dead lifted 500 pounds at the regional powerlifting meet.

Coach Barbay knows that James will be effective on defense because, "He's a big body and hard to block. He gets to the ball quickly and has a nose for the ball."

Barbay also explained that with Scott's size, they are able to bring him up to play on the line occasionally. "He's a big old body and plays with a lot of emotion when he plays, which is what people like about him."

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