LSU’s quest to land a quarterback in the 2016 recruiting class was finally completed when Louisiana’s Mr. Football donned the purple and gold.
Lindsey Scott Jr., a record-setting quarterback and state championship-winning player for Zachary High School (La.), pledged to LSU within a month of pulling in the in-state offer.
One of the biggest prizes in the Tigers’ latest signing class, Scott can recall one conversation with LSU coach Les Miles as perhaps the most comical experience throughout his entire recruiting process.
Random. Obscure. Quirky. All of those adjectives certainly fit what Miles told Scott mid-conversation during a phone call with the future LSU quarterback.
“With Coach Miles, we were having a normal conversation. Then, out of nowhere, he stopped,” Scott recalled.
“Hey Lindsey …” Miles said.
“Yes, sir,” Scott replied.
“I wanna beat the living crap out of Alabama,” Miles said.
“He said it out of nowhere,” Scott remembered. “I cracked up a little bit there.”
If you could give a junior only one piece of advice about the recruiting process, what would it be? I would tell them to go wherever you felt was home, wherever you stepped onto the campus and you felt like this is where you wanted to be for the next four years. Don’t listen to outsiders or other people weighing in on your decision. Find a place that fits.
What school came in second? What could they have done a little better? Maryland was a close second. You know, they did everything right in the recruiting process. It came down to fit, and I felt a little bit better at LSU.
What was the most creative thing a school or coach did to get your attention? We were on my official visit to Maryland, and out of the ordinary, it snowed. There was a record-setting snowstorm out there, and we made the best of it. We showed up to the facilities in snow gear and had a snowball fight between the coaches and the recruits. That was pretty cool.
What was the biggest rumor about you that wasn’t true? I didn’t hear too many outside things. I think some people felt because of my height that I couldn’t play at the next level, saying I’m an average-sized quarterback. In the next couple of years, I’ll win people on my side.
What’s the biggest secret you kept during the recruiting process? Probably when you know that an offer is coming, but you can’t say something because it wasn’t official yet. The LSU offer was kind of like that.
What was your biggest regret during the recruiting process? I don’t regret much. When you see how everything played out well. Some coaches that you told that you narrowed down your decisions, I wish I left off on some better notes with those guys.
What was the funniest story that happened on one of your recruiting trips? Well, the first night one of my hosts and I went out to a concert. We were thinking about going out a little bit later, but it turned out the line (to the concert) was 10 times longer later than at the beginning of the concert.
Describe the impact of cost of attendance on your recruiting? Nothing at all. It never crossed my mind at all going to the schools. I would sit down, talk to my parents and see what schools set me up the best academically. I wanted to be put in a system to reach the next level and what school fit me the best with coaches. I never looked at the cost of attendance.
Which coach was it the hardest to say no? Probably Coach Drew Mehringer, the offensive coordinator from Rutgers. You know, we got to talking a little bit, built a relationship, and when I had to tell him that I wasn’t coming to Rutgers, I could tell that there was a bond created and that it was broken.
Which school disappointed you the most during recruiting? I don’t think any school disappointed me. Nobody did. I didn’t really have too many expectations for every school. I didn’t have the expectations so no one could disappoint (me).
Which college would you have considered more seriously if they had offered you earlier in the process? Recruiting is a business, so if you offer late, time was nothing I was worried about.
How much negative recruiting was out there? I’d say about 60-40 negative, or maybe 70-30. There are always people out there that may not degree with your decision when it’s athletics. When I committed, there were some people that were happy and a few people that kind of felt a certain way about me coming. But it is what it is.
Which head coach of a team that you did not sign with was the nicest? Probably Coach (D.J.) Durkin from Maryland. He actually sat down, played Madden together a little bit.
Which coach was not the nicest? Umm, everyone was pretty nice. I don’t think any coaches were A-holes or anything like that. Everybody was pretty cool.
If you were in charge of the NCAA, what’s the one rule you would change with recruiting? The one rule I would change is probably that maybe you can get a quota for gear you can give the recruits. Like a jacket or something on the official visits.
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