April 1, 2007
Scott enjoys UA visit
Vigor athlete Burton Scott is one of that nation's finest all-around athletes. This weekend the 5-foot-11, 194-pound Prichard native took a trip to Tuscaloosa for an unofficial visit. According to Scott, it wasn't his first trip and it won't be his last.
"My visit this weekend was good. I feel more comfortable at Alabama now and around the coaching staff. I'm getting to know them a lot better," Scott said. "I enjoyed watching Coach Saban run the practice. I got a good feel for what it would be like if I go there. They are very intense especially on defense. I like how the coaches are getting out there and teaching all the time. They work hard and fast. It's impressive to watch how organized they are. I'll be going back again hopefully.
"I always enjoy seeing Coach (Lance) Thompson and we've gotten kind of close in the last couple of months. He's there when I need him and he has answered all my questions. He told me I could play either side of the ball and do well. Coach Saban told me the same thing and if I chose defensive back there isn't really anyone better to learn from than him."
So far this year Scott has managed to visit Alabama and Auburn and both in-state schools occupy a lofty position among his favorites.
"My visits to Alabama have helped them. I know more about the program than I did before Coach Saban got there. I've also visited Auburn and I've got friends there which helps them out. I like both of them a lot," Scott said. "I haven't cut any schools yet though. It's too early for that. What I want to do now is keep gathering information about all the schools and go from there. I'm also still waiting on some offers. I just sent my film out a few weeks ago.
"Most of the schools are saying I can play either way but I might be leaning to defensive back. My high school coach told me to focus on whatever position I was going to play in the pros and start getting as many reps in as possible."
At the NIKE Combine in Baton Rouge, Scott had the highest SPARQ rating of anyone in attendance. He arrived at the highest rating thanks to a combine-best 39.4-inch vertical jump, and also had outstanding marks of 4.67 (on a very damp field) in the 40, 4.40 in the shuttle and 26 reps on the bench.
As a junior, Scott rushed for 1,070 yards and 11 touchdowns while passing for 1,059 and seven touchdowns and 353 receiving yards and one score.
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