Three days after helping to complete the recruiting of 5-star defensive lineman Jordan Burch, John Scott Jr. is now the defensive line coach at Penn State. The Nittany Lions officially announced the hiring of Scott Saturday night. His imminent departure was first reported Saturday afternoon by TheBigSpur.
Scott, a native of Greer, coached one season for Will Muschamp at USC following a stint at Arkansas. He is credited with improving the Gamecock defensive front, in particular Javon Kinlaw who is now projected as a top ten pick in the NFL Draft.
Scott and Penn State defensive coordinator Brent Pry have a relationship dating back to their one season together at Georgia Southern in 2010.
Scott is the first of what is expected to be three post-signing day coaching departures from the Gamecock staff. Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports reported running backs coach Thomas Brown is expected to take a job with the Rams. And according to sources, receivers coach Bryan McClendon is expected to be named the new receivers coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers.