Scott talks Sun Devils pledge

Scott talks Sun Devils pledge

The meteoric rise of Jamal Scott in the last few months has been one of the more remarkable stories among 2014 Western region recruiting prospects. Arizona State was one of the first schools to offer a then the relative unknown Anaheim Magnolia safety, and today was rewarded for its recruiting efforts when he committed to the Sun Devils.

"I had a great visit there," said Scott who unofficially visited Arizona State the last weekend in July. "I loved the coaches, the city, everything about the school. I was really looking at them (ASU) and Utah and see what defense would fit me the best and I felt Arizona State was. Everything else was pretty even but that was different. I just fit more in ASU's defense.

"They are an attacking defense. They said they could play me at Spur or Bandit. I would be blitzing a lot an jumping back in coverage. I would be doing all that."

The safety mentioned other aspects that factored into today's decision.

"I love the city," Scott remarked. "The academics of course. Jean Boyd their academics director is a real good guy. You know ASU will keep you on track and graduate you for sure."

Magnolia Coach, Ryan Olsen, confirmed the fact that it was a tough decision for Scott to make but felt that aforementioned visit certainly sealed the deal for his safety.

"One of our coaches is an ASU alumni," Olsen stated, "and he was obviously talking a lot to Scott about the school on the way there and on the way back. When he saw the facilities and the staff he just fell in love with it there."

Olsen was obviously very pleased with all the recruiting attention Scott received ever since his game film started circulating among various schools.

"I used to coach Eddie Pleasant who played at Oregon and now plays for the Houston Texans," Olden commented. "So when you have a guy that stands out like that you just know you got a different guy. He fits the eye test and he's obviously a great player.

"We were about to start spring ball, and I said that we have to get his video ready. We're a small school so we had a few kids on our campus make the video of his highlights. We don't have the technology that some schools have, so it was hard. But the first day we put out the video seven schools called us. ASU was the second school to offer him (Utah was the first). After that we had two, three schools contacting us every day"

Olsen said that the 6-2 190-pound Jamal Scott is a very physical player despite still being just 16 years old.

"He's does a great job stopping the run and is very strong," Olsen said. "We don't have a lot of great passers in our conference, so he doesn't really get tested in coverage and he needs to improve his ball skills. He has OK hands, but he does a great job reading the run a and he's very fast to the ball. He may be a novice but he's really football smart and picks up things fast.

"If you try to run the ball by him, it's like trying to get a pork chop past a pack of wolves – it ain't gonna happen."

So has this amazing recruiting journey truly come to an end for Scott?

"For right now it's pretty solid," Scott said of his ASU commitment. "I might take some official visits just to make sure, but for right now it's pretty solid. I was thinking about committing after I took some (official) visits but I just wanted to get it over with because I have a lot of things going on.

"Making the decision lifted a lot off of me and I know I can concentrate on my season and helping out my team and focusing on school".

Below are Scott's junior season highlights.

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