Scott Emerges As Elite Prospect

In this day and age when there is so much information out there, it's tough to find a legitimate sleeper prospect this late in to the spring. In one week, Anaheim (Calif.) Magnolia defensive back Jamal Scott went from totally off the radar to one of the hottest prospects in the entire West region...

Anaheim (Calif.) Magnolia isn't known as a football factory and it's easy to get overlooked playing for a program that isn't know for annually getting players out to Div I programs. Saying that, it's still tough to see how anyone could have missed a talent like Jamal Scott.

The safety is exactly what you're looking for in a next level prospect. He has great size at 6-2, 195 pounds and plays downhill. He's a huge hitter and is the type of player you watch on tape where you only need to see about 2-3 plays before you realize you're watching something special.

Scott shows good speed, range and for a big safety, isn't stiff. He can change direction, drop in to coverage but is best suited as an in the box safety who can come up, play the run and intimidate anyone going over the middle.

"I still can't believe how fast everything happened for me," Scott said. "I went from not only no offers but no interest at all to landing six offers this past week. I didn't have a single school call or come by my high school and then all of a sudden, my tape got out and things just blew out."

Former Inglewood coach Stephen Thomas, now with Under The Radar Sports Media, was huge in helping to kick start Scott's recruitment.

"It was taking a little long to get my highlight tape done," Scott said. "I heard about Coach Thomas and emailed him. He watched my film and told me I was a big time player and said I was going to blow up as soon as my tape got out. Literally, the day after he put my tape together, I got a call from Utah offering me a scholarship.

"Houston, New Mexico, San Diego State, Arizona State and Oregon State offered as well and I've talked with Washington and UCLA. Coach Thomas also told me USC likes me a lot and that's my childhood favorite so I'm very interested in them.

"UCLA wants me to camp with them and I definitely plan to do that and Washington sounds close to offering me as well. I've talked with Coach Heyward at UW and really like him a lot. I also like Coach Shah at Utah a lot. He was the first coach to talk to me so I have a special place in my heart for them."

Scott said he would like to make an early decision but still plans to take his official visits.

"I would love to visit Washington, Oregon State and Utah for sure," Scott said. "I'll camp with UCLA and USC and ideally, I would like to commit sometime in the summer so I can just focus on my senior year. I still want to take my official visits though so I can see what else is out there and make sure I'm doing the right thing.

"I want to stay on the West Coast if I can, I'm a Pac 12 guy. I want to major in radiology so academics will play a role for me in my decision. I'm also looking for a school where I fit in really well, where it seems like a big family. That's what I want to be a part of and of course, I want to play for a strong football program that has a chance to win."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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