By Otis Kirk
Arkansas defensive tackles coach John Scott Jr. is heading closer to home taking a position with the University of South Carolina.
Scott was at Arkansas for two years, but will leave to join Will Muschamp’s staff. He was one of two assistants that Morris retained from Bret Bielema’s staff. Barry Lunney Jr. was the other.
Scott attended Greer High School in South Carolina and then went on to play collegiately at Western Carolina in Cullowhee, N.C.
In 2017, Scott coached the entire defensive line for Bielema. However, in 2018, he shifted inside to coach the tackles while Steve Caldwell coached the defensive ends. Under Scott’s tutelage in 2018, Armon Watts developed into one of the top defensive tackles and pass rushers in the entire SEC.
Before coming to Arkansas, Scott was a quality control and assistant defensive line coach for the New York Jets for two years. He also was defensive line coach at Texas Tech in 2013-14. Other coaching stops for Scott have included Western Carolina, Norfolk State, Missouri State and Georgia Southern.
Arkansas signed seven defensive linemen in the early signing period. They currently have a commitment from Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove defensive end Dante Walker who didn’t sign early. Scott is the lead recruiter for Walker, who told Hogville.net and Pig Trail Nation this morning he is still a solid commitment to Arkansas.