Recruit Files: JaFree Scott, Florida

Name: JaFree Scott
Club: GAGE
High School Graduation Year: 2022

NCAA Team: Florida
Commitment Announcement: Instagram
Social Handles: Twitter | Instagram 

Personal Bests | Level 10

Vault Uneven Bars Balance Beam Floor Exercise
10.000 9.750 9.625 9.700

Personal Bests | Elite

Vault Uneven Bars Balance Beam Floor Exercise
13.350 13.650 13.250 12.900

Videos | Level 10

Vault Uneven Bars Balance Beam Floor Exercise
2017 L10 Nationals 2017 L10 Nationals 2016 Chow’s Challenge

Videos | Elite

Vault Uneven Bars Balance Beam Floor Exercise
2018 Pacific Rim Championships Verification Camp 2018 GK U.S. Classic 2018 Pacific Rim Championships Verification Camp 2018 Pacific Rim Championships Verification Camp

About JaFree

Scott is one of the top recruits of the class of 2022. She began competing as an elite in 2017 and since then she has competed as a junior at the U.S. Classic and the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in both 2017 and 2018. Internationally, she competed at the 2018 Junior Pan American Championships. As a level 10, she is the 2017 Level 10 nationals co-silver medalist on vault and bars and the 2017 Region 4 champion in the all around, vault, bars and floor (tied).

What She Brings to Florida

Vault

  • Skill: Yurchenko double twist
  • Results: 21st place at the 2017 junior U.S. championships
  • Margin of Improvement: Scott executes well for a difficult vault. She has the potential to perform it weekly in college.
  • Impact on the Team: Scott’s Yurchenko double would be a fantastic addition to Florida’s lineup. She and Shilese Jones would be a sensational duo.

Uneven Bars

  • Skills: Komova II, Ray, Pak salto, Van Leuween, blind full, straddled Jaeger, double layout dismount
  • Results: tied for fifth place at the 2018 GK U.S. Classic
  • Margin of Improvement: Scott has minor form issues on her most difficult elements, but she has plenty of well-executed skills to choose from to build her collegiate routine.
  • Impact on the Team: Scott will join an insanely talented bar lineup, which will include Riley McCusker, Morgan Hurd and Olivia Greaves. She will be in contention for a lineup spot.

Balance Beam

  • Skills: standing Arabian, front walkover to front somersault, full turn with the leg at 180 degrees, switch leap to leap jump, front aerial to leap jump, split leap to side aerial, BHS + BH + double tuck dismount
  • Results: 10th place at the 2017 U.S. championships
  • Margin of Improvement: Scott’s form on beam is very good. Her front acrobatic series makes her routine unusual.
  • Impact on the Team: As with bars, Florida will have a very talented beam roster, including McCusker, Hurd, Sophia Butler and Kayla DiCello. Scott will challenge for a lineup spot here as well.

Floor Exercise

  • Skills: full-twisting double pike, double Arabian, double tuck, double pike
  • Results: 19th place at the 2017 U.S. championships
  • Margin of Improvement: Scott is both a powerful and an elegant floor worker. She can choose between two E skills with which to open her routine in college.
  • Impact on the Team: Scott will bring plenty of difficulty and clean execution to Gainesville. She should make the lineup easily.

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Article by Talitha Ilacqua

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