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

Former Fairfield standout Scott drafted by Jaguars in fourth round

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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