Back in March of 2008, the Texas Tech program pulled in three prospects. One of which was Coldspring-Oakhurst (TX) linebacker James Scott. Once the offer came in for the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Scott, it was all he needed to give his word to the Red Raiders.
“I was one of the first [athletes] to commit to Texas Tech,” Scott said. “At that point, no one else really offered me, but Tech was one of the schools I wanted to go to anyway.”
With that said, the Coldspring athlete said that the Red Raiders have been one of his favorite teams since he was young. But don’t mistake Scott for someone who did not do his research.
In fact, he has been doing it for a few years now.
“I looked deeper into Texas Tech than I did with other programs,” Scott said. “This was because I knew that I wanted to go to a good program and be a part of it. But with Texas Tech, I have been interested in them since junior high school.”
Scott said when he was offered, the Texas Tech coaches explained that he did not have to commit immediately. So Scott listened. He went home and talked it over with his parents and ultimately made the call.
“The next week I went and talked with my parents about it, and they told me that it is my call,” Scott said. “Of course they want what’s best for me.”
Now with the decision behind him, Scott is checking his schedule to make a trip to Lubbock. And the Texas Tech coaches are excited about him visiting campus.
“I was supposed to go to junior day, but I could not make it,” Scott said. “But I plan to go this spring sometime. When I talked with Coach, he was excited to have me and I assured him that Tech is what I want.”
After watching his film, Scott said that the coaches want him to continue to play linebacker. They feel with his size,he has a chance to make an immediate impact.
“The coaches told me my size was good for the [defensive] system,” Scott said. “I was told if I work hard, there could be a chance for me to play as a freshman.”
At Coldspring, Scott played both ways. Despite missing four games, he led the team in tackles with 185. He also recorded two interceptions on the season. Offensively, he played fullback, where he had 648 yards and five touchdowns.
Look for big things from Scott in the future, who is a three star prospect on Scout.com.