(Briarwood Christian HS)
VandyMania.com: Tell us about some of your sophomore and junior season stats and postseason honors.
J.D. Lott: My sophomore season we won the State Championship. That season I had 65 tackles, 5 sacks, 4 batted balls, 1 interception, and 3 blocked punts. That season I started at defensive end most of the season and then in the playoffs I moved to middle linebacker. I played that position in all the playoffs, including the State Championship and I caused a fumble in that game. My junior year I led the team in tackles with 95, 5 sacks and 2 batted balls. Pretty much the same stats as my sophomore year other than my tackles. Last year I played pretty much all defensive end, a little bit of middle linebacker. I play middle linebacker when someone gets hurt, they've never taught it to me, I just go over there and play when needed. Maybe this year they'll teach me how to play middle linebacker.
VandyMania.com: So is that what you are going to play in college?
J.D. Lott: Well, right now, I talked to Vandy today and they say they are very weak on the defensive line. They need me to come in and earn a position and maybe start right away at defensive end but I could end up being a fullback, tight end or H-back. LSU is the only other team recruiting me as just a tight end.
VandyMania.com: So you play tight end on offense and defensive end and linebacker on defense?
J.D. Lott: Yes sir.
VandyMania.com: So LSU and Vanderbilt have offered you?
J.D. Lott: Yes sir.
VandyMania.com: What other schools are actively recruiting you?
J.D. Lott: Pretty much every SEC school other than South Carolina. The heaviest probably would be Auburn, Tennessee, the two that have already offered me; Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Alabama a little bit; Florida and Georgia.
VandyMania.com: Which of those schools do you think you are leaning towards now?
J.D. Lott: It's been LSU but I'm really getting closer and closer towards Vanderbilt. LSU says I have a chance to come in there and play early. I don't know how sure that is, of course. I just want to take it slow. I don't want to wait to long, I want to get my decision over with. Right now it's obviously just between those two schools. I'd be happy with either one of them right now.
VandyMania.com: What are some of the things you like about Vanderbilt?
J.D. Lott: I love the city of Nashville. The coaching staff is really great. There's a chance that I could start early and get a lot of playing time in. The education.
VandyMania.com: Have you visited Vanderbilt?
J.D. Lott: Yes sir, I went to the camp on June 5th.
VandyMania.com: What coach is recruiting you from Vanderbilt?
J.D. Lott: Coach [Charlie] Fisher.
VandyMania.com: So defensive end is where you'd likely play at Vandy?
J.D. Lott: Yes, even though right now I'm only about 215-220, they really don't care. They just want me as a speed defensive end and they know that I can gain weight because I just turned 17, so I'm young for my grade. They want a speed defensive end so that is what they are recruiting me as.
VandyMania.com: So when are you planning making a college choice?
J.D. Lott: I want it to be within the next few months but it keeps getting harder and harder. I thought I was leaning towards Vandy for a while but I switched to LSU once they offered. But now, with Vanderbilt, I know that I could probably earn a position there early. It just keeps getting harder and harder.
VandyMania.com: Is school distance a factor in your decision?
J.D. Lott: LSU is a good 6 1/2 or 7 hours drive. You can make it to Vanderbilt within 2 1/2 hours. My girlfriend, she goes to college at David Lipscomb.
VandyMania.com: So is that a factor too, being close to your girlfriend?
J.D. Lott: Yeah, that does factor into it but if I do go to LSU she's already said she'd come down there.
VandyMania.com: So you said your team (Briarwood Christian) won the State Championship your sophomore season, how did you do last season?
J.D. Lott: My sophomore season we won it, we had a really good team. We were just lacking senior leadership last season and we ended up going 6-5. We lost in the first round of the playoffs. We'd never had a season like that. It was unusual. This year we have 10 out of 11 defensive starters are seniors. Most of the offensive starters are seniors, so it's going to be a good senior led team. We should be able to compete this year for another State Championship.
VandyMania.com: J.D. it sounds like you have a great future ahead of you. We wish you the best of luck in your senior season and in making your college choice. Thanks for your time.
J.D. Lott: Thank you.