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Quarterback Conundrum

LSU needs a quarterback, and there’s a young man in Zachary who fits the bill and is in need of a college home.

It was certainly good to see the headline this week that Cam Cameron and Les Miles have finally swallowed their pride and acknowledged that their initial evaluations were wrong. It was a sight for sore eyes to see that the Tigers now have a scholarship offer out to three-star quarterback Lindsey Scott – a guy who I think is one of the sleepers in the Class of 2016.

Scott can really go and is worth a look.

As a senior with Zachary, Scott proved to be a dual threat and one of the most lethal players in Louisiana. In the 2015 season, Scott completed 163-of-255 passes for 3,039 yards, 33 touchdowns and just five interceptions.

When not making plays with his arm, Scott was crushing opponents with his legs. Scott rushed for nearly 2,000 yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior, all while leading the Broncos a 14-1 season – a year that ended with the Class 5A State Championship.

To be that successful at any level of prep football is noteworthy and worth mentioning. To be doing it in Louisiana at the Class 5A level is even more impressive, because 5A is a murderer’s row that features several of the top players in the state.

Scott’s recruiting process has been a bit quiet until now. He’s been graded as a three-star prospect for more than a year now, and he was a Syracuse commitment for a lot of his senior season.

Since having a huge postseason, others have gotten hot on his trail. Tulane offered the quarterback shortly after the state title game. So, too, have Arkansas State, Army, Navy, Air Force, ULM and Purdue.

LSU has been slow to react, because they’re not sold on Scott as an SEC-caliber player. Tigers’ coaches, according to sources, have concerns that Scott will be able to compete at the SEC-level because of his 5-foot-11-inch frame.

Those are valid concerns, yes, but for a team that’s in dire need of a signal caller, this guy has too much moxie to shun away.

Scott just seems to be one of those guys who finds a way – the stereotypical underdog that overcomes the odds and proves his naysayers wrong. He’s smaller than the average SEC, quarterback, yes. But that’s never stopped him up until this point, and it probably isn’t going to stop him at the next level, either.

Scott is small in the huddle, but plays big on the field. He understands angles and gets the ball out of his hands quickly and with confidence. In the open field, Scott is a polished runner and playmaker who can victimize opposing defenses at will if they don’t stay true to their assignments.

He’s just too good of a player to pass up, and Miles and his staff had to roll the dice and give him an offer – one which he’ll hopefully accept.

When in need of a quarterback, you just can’t let a guy from in-state walk away. The last time LSU did that was with Dak Prescott – another 3-star that Miles wasn’t sure about.

I’d say Prescott panned out. So, too, will Scott. All he needs is a shot, and we’re glad to see that LSU is finally offering him one.


Follow Casey Gisclair on Twitter @Casey_Gisclair


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