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Dantrieze Scott breaks down decision to commit to LSU
FERRIDAY, La. — Dantrieze Scott‘s decision to commit to LSU came as part of a two-player package deal.
During LSU’s joint 7-on-7 tournament and lineman camp in June, Scott and his Ferriday High School teammate Dare Rosenthal worked out in front of LSU coach Ed Orgeron and area recruiter Dennis Johnson. Both stood out against the competition, which led to a full-court press for commitments by the end of the afternoon.
Scott didn’t know that he was going to shut down his recruitment and give a verbal commitment when he visited Baton Rouge that Saturday in June, but looking back, it was hard not to see it eventually happening.
“I really had no idea,” Scott told SEC Country. “I went out there to work hard and do my thing, and then I just ended up committing. LSU has been my favorite school since I was knee-high. I remember being real, real young, watching all them boys on TV. I remember just how they used to score and the whole offense, defense, everyone running out of the huddle. They used to be lit. They used to be live.”
Scott, a 3-star prospect, has held an offer from the Tigers since before his sophomore season. His commitment came as a result of a hard-fought push from Johnson, who took over as the Concordia Parish area recruiter when Orgeron made him a permanent member of the LSU coaching staff.
Johnson hosted Scott and Rosenthal for multiple visits dating back to the spring when they made the short trek from Northeast Louisiana for “Boys From The Boot.” When the teammates returned four months later, they were determined to show out at prospect camp. That came to fruition.
“I knew that if I wanted to go there, I had to work hard and work harder than everyone else,” said Scott. “[Johnson] real. He’s like a big brother, like a father figure that checks up on and I check up on him from time to time. He just keeps that going, has me striving to be great and stuff like that.”
The reaction of Orgeron and Johnson when they landed the talented duo from Ferriday was predictable. Smiles were contagious that day and nothing has changed much since. Scott’s decision drew the support of his family, and he is anxious to get his senior season underway because it will lead him another step closer to his next chapter at LSU.
“Everybody was happy. We were happy and our families were happy,” he recalled. “Everything has been great. I can’t wait to get down there. I just want to finish the year out strong and get down there.”
Scott has no visits planned, but plans on taking in a handful of LSU games on Saturday nights this fall.
Two nearby schools have since reached out to the 3-star athlete, including SEC West rival Mississippi State and Louisiana-Lafayette. Neither is considered a threat to Scott’s pledge to LSU.
“ULL and Mississippi State check on me and ask if I’ve been doing good, really just checking in,” Scott said. “LSU has my heart, though. That’s where my heart is at and I felt good about that decision.”
What to expect from Dantrieze Scott
Scott arguably was the most dominant prospect during LSU’s lineman camp in Baton Rouge.
The 6-foot-6, 232-pound prospect worked out as a stand-up edge rusher in the same mold as Arden Key. Scott was effective rushing the passer from the edge and could do as a stand-up linebacker or as a true defensive end.
Both roles were mentioned by Orgeron during Scott’s recruitment.
“All they said was that I was going to be coming hard off that edge,” Scott laughed. “They said: ‘We’re going to have you on that edge,’ and I’m cool with that. Coach O told me to keep killing them.”
Scott is expected to spend time at the stand-up BUCK linebacker spot and as a prototypical defensive end. His role is subject to the front used by the LSU defense.
Including Scott, the Tigers hold commitments from a trio of hybrid DE/OLB prospects in their 2018 recruiting class. Scott is listed as an athlete because he also sees action at tight end for Ferriday, but he’s projected to be a defensive front seven player at LSU.
In this class, he joins 4-star DE/OLB Jarell Cherry, the nation’s No. 9 weakside end, and 3-star DE/OLB Travez Moore, the No. 1 junior college prospect at the position.
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