Terrell County star Jerkerious Scott, front row, center, was joined by a host of family, friends and coaches Wednesday when he signed with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
DAWSON — For the past four years, Jerkerious Scott led Terrell County from the pocket, turning into one of the most feared quarterbacks in the area.
On Wednesday, he decided to leave his quarterback duties at home in Dawson and turn to his true love — defense.
The Herald All-Area selection officially committed to The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, an FCS Division I school that has plans to turn the dual-threat QB into a star strong safety.
And that’s just fine with the 2012 Offensive Player of the Year in Region 1-A.
“I love to hit,” Scott said after signing his national letter-of-intent. “On the defensive side you have to be more aggressive. And that’s how I like to play, being able to take any frustration or anger out on the other team.”
Scott gave plenty of opposing defenses headaches during his senior season when he rushed for 1,170 yards, averaging 11.14 yards per carry, and scored 16 touchdowns. He also completed 47 of 86 passes for 602 yards and nine TDs and made 72 tackles on defense.
Scott will likely only start on special teams his freshman year, but he said the Chattanooga coaching staff likes his potential in the secondary.
“They liked my speed and my ball skills,” Scott said. “And as a defensive back, I bring hard work.”
Terrell County coach William Huff said hard work was what vaulted Scott into the starting QB position in just the fourth game of his freshman year.
“Once he won the position, he managed the game well as a ninth-grader and did exactly what he was told as far as execution and learning,” Huff said. “You could see the flashes of good stuff coming.
“We will miss him tremendously. The biggest thing is that he was an example of how it should be done and what should be done. He was an A student, better than a 1,000 on his SAT, 3.9 GPA and never missed a day of practice.”