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Monday, June 10, 2013
Bama lands commitment from a punter

By Greg Ostendorf

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama hosted a specialists camp over the weekend, and when it was all said and done, the Crimson Tide found their punter of the future, landing a commitment from J.K. Scott (Denver, Colo./Mullen).

The staff offered Scott on Sunday, the day after the camp, and it didn’t take long for him to make a decision. He’s in line to replace Cody Mandell, who will be a senior this fall.

“It was important for him to play for a good program,” Scott’s kicking coach Chris Sailer said. “Alabama’s been recruiting him since his first time out there, and basically once he was able to go on campus unofficially some time ago and then come back again on this visit, it’s one of the schools he fell in love with.

“Obviously, it’s a great staff, a great program and academically, it met the things he was looking for. He wanted to play big-time ball, so he picked Alabama.”

The Tide did have some competition. Scott received an offer from Notre Dame this weekend, and he also had offers from Arizona and Colorado.

Sailer, Scott’s coach, is one of the more highly regarded kicking coaches in the nation. He says that Scott reminds him of one of his former students, Bryan Anger, who was taken in the third round of last year’s NFL draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“He’s our No. 1 punting prospect in the nation,” Sailer said. “Basically, he’s got as much talent as anybody I’ve seen over the last 10 years. He’s 6-foot-5, very athletic. He has incredible leg strength and just endless potential.

“As all young players are, he’s a little inconsistent. He needs to work on that. That’s the downside of any high school punter, but the potential is through the roof.”

Alabama now has 10 commitments in the 2014 class, including two in the past week.