Top 5 for Snow's Keionte Scott, JUCO's top DB, includes BYU



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EPHRAIM — The Cougars are riding a wave of momentum in the recruiting world, with football adding former Orem High five-star tackle Kingsley Suamataia as a transfer from Oregon and men's basketball collecting the commitment of Farmington High four-star Collin Chandler.

The wave continued Friday morning.

Snow College safety Keionte Scott, the top-rated defensive back in junior college by 247Sports, solidified his top-five Division I targets Friday morning, he posted on social media — and BYU is among them.

In addition to the Cougars, Scott will also take visits to Oregon, Tennessee, Miami and Auburn. The 6-foot, 195-pound defensive menace who ranks fifth overall by the national recruiting service has not set a timeline for his decision.

"Key is a great player. But he is also a great person," Snow College coach Zac Erekson told KSL.com. "I think this is why BYU has made it to his top 5. He's not a kid who likes to go out and party. He's very focused on becoming the best defensive back in the country and does the things he needs to to achieve that. Where ever he decides to go will be lucky to have him, and I'd expect him to make an immediate impact at his new school."

Scott also had offers from Washington, Utah, Texas Tech, Nebraska, Florida State, TCU, Cal, NC State, SMU and Florida State, among others prior to naming his top five.

Originally from Las Vegas, Scott played his senior season at Helix High in La Mesa, California, in 2019, where he totaled four interceptions in 12 games and caught 36 passes for 563 yards and 10 touchdowns as a receiver, helping the Highlands to the CIF San Diego Section title game.

An all-East County first-team selection at wide receiver, he enrolled at Snow College in 2020 and helped the Badgers to an 8-1 campaign during the truncated spring season, including a berth in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national championship game before a loss to top-ranked Hutchinson. Scott broke up 10 passes and hauled in three for interceptions, with 5.5 tackles for loss, en route to first-team NJCAA All-American honors.

Outside of football, he also clocked a 10.94 second 100-meter dash as a junior at Democracy Prep, and posted a long jump of 23-4 at the USA Track and Field Nevada Association Junior Olympics in 2019.

Ranked No. 2 in the latest NJCAA Division I national rankings, the Badgers are 7-1 overall.

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