FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.- Daytona Beach (Fla.) Seabreeze cornerback James Scott will enroll at Ohio State in March, the four-star rated prospect said Saturday after arriving for the inaugural Offense-Defense All-American Bowl.
"(I report) in March," Scott said. "They are on the quarter system up there. I would have gone Jan. 3, but I kind of wanted to get a little break in and also play in this game."
Scott talked about his decision to commit to the Buckeyes over the in-state Florida Gators. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder went back and forth between the two programs during the days leading up to his announcement.
"I like the tradition at Ohio State," Scott said. "They always have a winning season. They produce some of the top cornerbacks and the coaching staff is really good. They don't just put football first, they work on other important things, too."
The Buckeyes don't just want Scott to come to Columbus to play defense.
"They talked to me about returning kicks and possibly punt return," Scott said. "I've never returned punts before, but I can learn."
Scott also has academic goals at OSU.
"I was thinking business at first, but maybe sports management," he said. "I haven't decided what I am going to do with that, but I want to do something with sports because that's what I love."
Does Scott believe that the selection of the Buckeyes over the Gators is symbolic of what's to come on the field Jan. 8?
"I told everybody I thought Ohio State would win it from the start," he said.
As for the Offense-Defense game, Scott is looking forward to competing with some of the top prospects from around the country.
"I think it's going to be a real good event," he said. "Just to meet some of the other top players in the country and be on a team with them will be special."
Scott is the nation's eighth-ranked cornerback prospect according to Rivals.com.