Top Sophomore Takes in Texas

While the Texas Longhorns played host to many of the top juniors in the state on Saturday, one of the top prospects on hand regardless of classification was South Houston cornerback Leroy Scott. The sophomore made the trip to Austin with teammate Darrin Leaks and came away impressed. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with Scott about his experience.

The Texas Longhorns second junior day was a smashing success with five commitments and another two on Sunday. Even though the juniors got the majority of the attention on Saturday, the Longhorns also played host to one of the top sophomores in not only the state of Texas, but the country in South Houston's Leroy Scott.

The 5-11, 180-pound corner, who has been starting for the 5A Houston area program since his freshman season, made the trip to Austin with his teammate Darrin Leaks, who is one of the top junior defensive ends in the state. Saturday was the second trip to Texas for the elite level talent and Scott came away impressed.

"I just made it back home," Scott said late last night. "It went really well. I talked with Coach Applewhite and Coach Akina. Coach Akina went over the basics and who he has coached in the past. The day was going through the basics and showing me how college will be," Scott said.

The lock down corner that plays with a physicality rarely seen at the position grew up a fan of the LSU Tigers, but the Longhorns have quickly closed the gap.

"The family environment is impressive at Texas. All I can say is it's just like you are their son. Now, I like UT and LSU. I like both a lot, but I'm open right now to everyone," Scott said.

With basketball season over, Scott is now working to get into track shape. The long armed corner has a goal set of 10.5 in the 100 meters this spring.

Watching practice and getting the chance to meet some of the defensive backs, Scott walked away impressed with a sophomore that started every game as a true freshman. "The safety, #21, impressed me. I think his name is Blake Gideon. I like that he came in as a freshman and won a spot. I like his attitude. That is how I'm going to approach things. That's how I want to come in. I want to play as a freshman," Scott said.

In a recent trip to South Houston, head coach C.L. Whittington raved about his star corner.

"Other than the fact that we didn't play two games, I think he had an excellent season," Whittington said. "He was solid as a corner, which is hard to find someone at his age that can play corner. He also played gunner on punt team and on kickoff coverage team," Whittington added.

Whittington, a former safety in the NFL from 1974-78 with the Houston Oilers, knows what to look for in a cornerback and says his star pupil has the talent that few naturally possess.

"Leroy can play off, he can play bump and run, he's solid on the run force and he does a whole lot of things from the outside. Leroy had some big hits this year. Big hits and cornerbacks are a rarity these days. I feel like he's a complete corner. All of the intangibles are there. He's still constantly working on technique. He has the raw ability. He's doing much better with his bump and run press coverage and that is what he likes to do. The different things technique-wise are what he needs to work on. The athletic ability is there, the body is there and the speed is there."

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