Scott Talks Tide

Scott Talks Tide

J.K. Scott is one of the Alabama commitments most often lost in the shuffle because he's a kicking and punting specialist, but he's put together a banner senior season in the Denver area. The three-star updates BamaMag on the latest with him and his thoughts on the top team in the land inside.

J.K. Scott played in his final game for Denver (Colo.) Mullen High on Friday night, and he made it a memorable one.

The three-star kicking specialist and Alabama commitment not only notched touchbacks on all seven of his kickoff attempts, but he blasted two long punts including one that pinned the opponent inside the 20 and notched two field goals in the process.

But it was two other stats that really stood out. On senior night, not only did he get a 5-yard rushing attempt under his belt, but he nearly made a 72-yard field goal just for kicks.

That wasn't a typo.

"It was awesome," he said this week. "It's sweet, and you know I'm 43 for 44 on touchbacks for the year, too."

The elite specialist, tabbed as as top 10 kicking prospect by Scout.com, has excelled as both a kicker and a punter as a senior. Alabama snagged his verbal commitment as a punter, but they may rethink things once he arrives on campus this coming summer.

"I'm not sure where they want me," Scott said. "I know they want me to punt, but I guess once I get there and start kicking, maybe I can compete for the kicking spot or just the kickoffs. But I guess we'll see."

The 6-foot-5, 185-pounder pounced on Alabama's offer shortly after earning it during a camp in June, and he hasn't been back to Tuscaloosa since. Still, the Crimson Tide staff keeps in contact with the only specialist on the 2014 commitment list pretty frequently.

"I usually talk to them on the phone once a week," he said. "It's Bobby Williams, mostly."

Recently, the two put together Scott's official visit plans for mid-January amid other schools still wondering if the dual-threat has interest in going elsewhere.

"A few have tried calling me, but I haven't called them back," he said. "I'm 100 percent about my decision."

Scott, while being located among the furthest away from Tuscaloosa than many pledges, has kept up with all of the news surrounding the team on and off the field this fall.

"The Crimson Tide have a great and very professional program, led by a great coach," he said. "The hard-working perfectionist attitude of the players and coaches, as well as Coach [Nick] Saban's philosophy is a very attractive aspect of the program. This was a big factor in my decision.

"The team, as a whole, is also looking great and very hard to beat. The LSU game coming up should be a fun game to watch."

With his season wrapped up and another semester of high school remaining after the holidays, the senior is focused on an All-American game and his future in Tuscaloosa.

"I'm going to pick up my lifting and running and start offseason training," Scott said. "I have to keep kicking to get ready for the Semper Fidellis All-American game in January."

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