Newcomer Profile - John Scott

Profiling running back/defensive back John Scott.

John Scott
RB/DB, 6-0, 185 lbs., 4.4
Zanesville High, Zanesville, Ohio

Highly regarded player at both the running back and cornerback positions … will get his first crack at running back for the Mountaineers … as a junior, he was named second-team all-Ohio in the state's second largest class, Division II … rushed for 1,382 yards and 13 touchdowns during that season

Despite several injuries throughout his senior season and youth across the offensive line, he rushed for more than 1,200 yards for a 4-6 Zanesville team … also had 467 receiving yards ... OVAC offensive player of the year and a small school all-Ohio pick ... ESPN All-America …

Recorded 62 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and eight interceptions on defense … garnered all-Ohio Special Mention during his senior year … three-year starter in the Zanesville defensive backfield … from the same high school as former WVU receiver Rich Hollins (1981-83)

"He could play on either offense or defense at West Virginia," said Zanesville head coach John Lucas. "He really has outstanding speed. He's a very good runner with the ball. I think he would have a very good future on what ever side of the ball they put him."

Scott is fully qualified to enroll and play football in the fall … he was also a letterman in both baseball and track at Zanesville … chose West Virginia over Georgia Tech, Minnesota and Northwestern … also received some early interest from Notre Dame

Scott got the recruiting process over quickly with a verbal commitment to the Mountaineers last August … officially visited the WVU campus for the Jan. 26 weekend to reassure his commitment to the Mountaineers … made several other trips to WVU throughout the winter during recruiting weekends, helping show prospects around … selected to participate in the Big 33 game, which pits the 33 best players from Ohio versus the 33 best players from Pennsylvania ... plans to be a business major … son of John and Michelle Scott.

What Rich Rodriguez says: "We're going to look at John first at running back, but he also has the ability to play on defense. He played safety and outside linebacker at Zanesville. He's a good football player and one of our first commitments. In fact, John was one of the guys who helped us recruit some other guys. He would drive down here on his own on recruiting weekends and help us show recruits around. He's an outstanding football player and really wanted to be a Mountaineer."

What Herb Hand says: "John Scott is a great athlete. He brings a lot of things to the table from an athletic standpoint and could play a number of different positions. He committed to us early and really helped us out in as we went through the recruiting process."

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