One of the final pieces remaining in LSU's loaded 2016 class is the quarterback position, and the Tigers finally got their man today with Zachary High School quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. announcing his commitment via twitter.
Scott was on his official visit this weekend, just about two weeks after the Tigers decided to offer the local product. The Tigers beat out Maryland, Syracuse and Tulane for the signal-caller, who was Louisiana's Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior after amassing more than 5,000 yards of total offense and 61 combined rushing and passing touchdowns while leading Zachary to the non-select 5A state championship.
Scott was obviously a very late offer for the Tigers after high-profile whiffs on Feliepe Franks and Dwayne Haskins. Still, they pushed hard for Scott, with Cam Cameron having a long white-board session with the quarterback this week at Zachary, followed by an in-home and then an official visit this weekend.
Scott has been roundly praised for his intelligence, personality and leadership skills, and while his physical abilities may be a little limited, he'll have time to develop.
It's vogue to say "if he was 6-2 everybody would want Scott," but he isn't 6-2, and height does matter at times. Still, Scott shows tremendous touch and accuracy, if somewhat limited arm strength -- something that can improve. Remember, a high school quarterback in this class likely competes for the starting job in 2018, so there's time to develop. While he's played mostly out of the spread in high school, this interview with ZHS coach mentions a lot of under-center work on his own time with a private coach. As a runner, Scott is tremendously instinctive and runs with great vision and body lean. He actually runs behind his pads a little, which is rare for a smaller QB. In many ways he reminds me of former Tiger Terrence Magee, likewise a very successful high school quarterback, although Scott is taller and a much better passer. And much like Magee, it would not surprise me to see Scott wear No. 18 one day.
Still, his recruitment was the subject of a lot of debate in a number of circles. I couldn't help but wonder if our desperation for a QB in this class was affecting our ability to evaluate the kid, so I decided to consult SB Nation Recruiting Editor Bud Elliot for his thoughts:
Scott is a bright student in the classroom with a strong arm. He is 5'11 (verified at Nike Camp), which is a concern in a pro-style offense. He does need to work on throwing the ball with touch, but has talent. I'm not sure he's an LSU-quality starter, but you never know. He could certainly provide depth while at the same time not scaring off any stud the Tigers try to sign in the 2017 class.
We'll have more on LSU's remaining targets later today, but make no mistake -- this fills a key need for the Tigers in a recruiting class, which has a chance to be an all-timer as we approach National Signing Day.