Former Fairfield standout Scott drafted by Jaguars in fourth round

Fairfield High School graduate Josiah Scott (22) comes up with an interception during Michigan State’s spring football game April 1 in East Lansing, Mich. PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHIGAN STATE ATHLETICS
Fairfield High School graduate Josiah Scott (22) comes up with an interception during Michigan State’s spring football game April 1 in East Lansing, Mich. PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHIGAN STATE ATHLETICS

Fairfield High School graduate Josiah Scott officially is headed to the NFL.

The Jacksonville Jaguars selected the three-year Michigan State cornerback in the fourth round, at No. 137 overall, on the third day of the NFL Draft on Saturday.

“Tremendous accomplishment by a great young man,” Fairfield coach Jason Krause wrote on Twitter. “A new chapter begins for Fairfield Football. We are so proud of you.”

Scott broke onto the scene as a true freshman at Michigan State in 2017 when he broke up 10 passes, had two interceptions and was credited with 30 tackles en route to being named a Freshman All-American. Although his sophomore seasons as delayed by a knee injury that cost him eight games, he still logged a pair of interceptions and seven pass breakups in seven games. Four of those PBUs came against Oregon in the Redbox Bowl, earning him defensive most valuable player for that 7-6 Spartans win.

Last season he was a second-team All-Big Ten pick after breaking up eight passes and being credited for 55 tackles. One of his three interceptions was against Ohio State, a 12-tackle performance he identified as his best of the season.

“I feel like I showed everything on film that game,” he said at the NFL Combine. “Interception. Ball production. Open-field tackling. Zone awareness. I feel like I put it all on film that game, so I think that stands out against a very good opponent.”

Scott closed his career ranked tied for 12th in Michigan State history with 32 passes defended (seven interceptions, 25 pass break-ups) and recorded 98 tackles, including two for losses. He elected to forgo his senior season to enter the draft.

In high school, Scott was a first-team all-Greater Miami Conference selection as a senior at Fairfield in 2016. He had five interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble for the Indians his senior season. He also had 12 kickoff returns for 335 yards and a touchdown and three punt returns.

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