Jonathan Scott's recruiting is heating up. That much is certain.
However, one school might be emerging as a tough one to beat, and it's one that wasn't drawing a lot of mention from the three-star free safety from Daytona Beach (Seabreeze), Fla., recently.
Family ties can have tremendous pull, after all, and for Scott, he suddenly has a really strong family tie to Ole Miss. Scott's older brother, James Scott, arrived in Oxford, Miss., late Thursday night, will go through an orientation of sorts on Friday, practice for the first time with Ole Miss on Sunday and attend classes on Monday.
That development, Jonathan Scott said, certainly changes the Rebels' spot in the race for his services.
"It gives me the opportunity to look at Ole Miss," Scott said. "With my brother there, that's a pretty tough choice. It's pretty nice."
Playing college football with his brother, Scott said, "would be amazing, I think. I really haven't talked to him about (transferring), but he should be happy. He's going to get more playing time. Ohio State had the best secondary in the nation. I think he's going to fit in well at Ole Miss. To me, he's a hard worker. He has good fundamentals on the football field playing corner. He has great technique and he has great vision, too."
The younger Scott said Thursday that he has offers from LSU, South Carolina, Florida State, Michigan, Kentucky, Alabama, Ole Miss, Illinois, among others. Besides the obvious increased interest in Ole Miss, "I'm liking LSU, Florida State, Michigan. Those are schools I want to learn more about as my recruiting goes."
Scott's oldest brother, Kenny, played college football at Georgia Tech. Jonathan Scott said both of his brothers have advised him to take all of his allotted official visits.
"I'm going to take some official visits during the year and commit sometime in December, I'd say," Scott said. "What I've learned is what they keep telling me -- take all five of my visits and go with whatever your heart tells you to do. I'm going to be trying to find a place that has everything -- playing time, coaching, environment, all of that in one."
Few places, of course, will be able to offer the opportunity to play with an older brother he admires. For Scott, who said he plans to spend his senior season at Seabreeze "trying to make myself into a ball hawk," that could end up being a critical factor.
"I'm going to give Ole Miss a real good look," Scott said. "I can say that. I'll probably ask (James Scott) how it is and that kind of thing."
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