Coast To Coast Recruiting For In-State Back

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A big running back who is interested in the Tigers plans a busy summer on the collegiate football camp circuit.

Sylacauga, Ala.--Nobody is going to accuse football prospect Luke Scott of being a slacker this summer.

School's out for the big fullback from Sylacauga High, but Scott does not plan to relax too much prior to his senior season.

He has already participated in the Nike Tuscaloosa Combine and Jackson Hospital Capital City Combine in Montgomery, working those in around spring football drills at his school.

"I plan on working out a lot this summer and going to a lot of camps," he says. He is headed to a football camp at the University of Alabama in early June. The next stop will be in Louisiana to attend a camp at LSU. Then he will catch an airplane and fly across the country where he will participate in a camp at the University of Oregon.

Luke Scott is shown during a break at the Jackson Hospital Capital City Combine in Montgomery.

Following his visit to Eugene to see the Oregon Ducks, his next stop will be closer to home at an Auburn camp. In July, he plans to go to another camp session in Birmingham at UAB.

Scott has been a starter since his sophomore season when he played defensive tackle. He also saw some spot duty at tight end that season. Last year he moved to fullback and began attracting the attention of college scouts at the new position while continuing to play defense.

"I think fullback is my best position," says Scott, who will again go both ways as a senior. "This spring they moved me to defensive end. I liked that a whole lot better than defensive tackle because you're not going up against three guys."

For a team looking for a potential hard-nosed, bruising style of old-fashioned fullback, Scott is a prospect worth checking out. There is no question about his strength and he has the size to be an effective college fullback. There is a question about his speed, though. The 6-0, 235-pounder is working on improving that. College coaches will be checking their stopwatches when the big back visits their neighborhoods.

At the Nike combine in Tuscaloosa, he ran a 4.96 on an artificial surface that many of the participants complained about being slow. At the Capital City Combine running on a wet track on a windy day, he clocked a 4.93. "The fastest I've ever ran was a 4.69 at Willie Smith's Speed Camp," Scott says. "And, I've run a 4.7 at my high school."

In Tuscaloosa, he was one of the stronger participants at that combine with 31 bench press reps of 185 pounds. He also stood out at the Montgomery event with 47 reps on the 155-pound bench press done by running backs. Back at Sylacauga High, he has done three reps of 345 pounds.

Scott is keeping his options open on a college choice. In addition to the programs he plans to visit at their summer camps, colleges that he is hearing from that he mentions include Arizona State, Southern Miss and Memphis.

In hopes of getting his pick of schools, he is focusing on football year-around. "I used to play baseball but now I am just sticking with football," he says. "I work out for football during the offseason because I figure if I'm going to do something, I'm going to have to stick with one thing. I did track two years ago and threw the shotput, but I didn't do it this past year."

Tiger Ticket Extra: Although it is becoming increasingly popular for rising seniors to visit colleges the summer after their junior years to check out universities in person, it is still unusual for a player to travel across the country to a football camp. Explaining his connection with the University of Oregon, Luke says he likes the Ducks' offense and sent them a highlight video in December. "They wrote me back a handwritten letter and told me how much they liked me and how much they liked what I could do on the field," Luke says. "I sent one of those sheets you fill out your information on and they are sending at least three to five things every week. And we're (Scott and his father) going to fly out there to Portland and drive to Eugene for a one-day camp right after their Nike Combine. So I'm going to be there on a Sunday. We're flying up there on June 8th after I take the ACT and then I get back Monday."...Luke says he is working on improving his core grade point average, which he says is 2.5, right on the minimum for qualifying for freshman eligibility. He is doing extra math work to make sure he is in good shape academically by signing time in February 2003...Scott, who checked out Auburn in person during spring training, says he is definitely interested in Coach Tommy Tuberville's Tigers.

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