While 2017 Stadium (Tacoma, Wa.) DB Jalen Scott might not have the prototypical size you are looking for, he makes up for it with his instincts, ball skills and tenacious attitude.
This season, Scott, who measures in at 5’8” and 175 pounds, tied for eighth in the state with six interceptions while also racking up 58 tackles and a team-leading seven pass breakups from his safety spot this past season.
“I can read routes pretty well and I think, overall, I excel in coverage,” Scott told Northwest Elite Index recently. “I feel like when the ball goes in the air, I have a great shot at getting it and I have confidence once I see where things are going and I can go and get the ball or get there and make the tackle.
“I played mainly free safety, but I played some at strong safety too. I will play whatever my coaches need me to play in order to help my team.”
While he put up solid numbers as a junior, Scott knows he needs to work on certain things as he heads into his senior season.
“I definitely want to get more physical,” Scott noted. “Our coaches are also making things much more competitive this offseason with the way we train and stuff like that, so I think overall our entire team will be more intense and ready to go next season.”
So far, recruiting for Scott is still in its infancy, but he has gotten some contact from some smaller schools.
“I’ve gotten some stuff from Linfield and from College of the Redlands,” Scott said. “I definitely want to get some interest from bigger schools, so I will get out to a lot of camps this summer, but I’m not really sure which ones I am going to hit yet.
“Last year I didn’t go to any camps, so I think that’s why most schools are just starting to hear about me.”
With his aggressive style, instincts and ball skills, Scott is a player who should emerge as a hot prospect during the spring evaluation period.
NEI will continue to keep tabs on Scott over the weeks and months ahead and we will update news on him as it happens.