LSU is bracing for the final weekend of the recruiting season and possibly the Tigers’ last best chance at nabbing a quarterback in its 2016 class.
The pressure is very much on with Louisiana’s Mr. Football en route to Baton Rouge, La., as Lindsey Scott is expected to make a decision right after his official visit to LSU wraps up, his high school coach David Brewerton told SEC Country.
Scott, a three-star dual-threat quarterback, is down to two — LSU and Maryland — and how this final weekend plays out should ultimately help the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year know precisely where he’ll sign come Feb. 3.
“To be honest with you, Lindsey is very pleased with the options that he has on the table,” Brewerton said on Friday. “He’s got some offers from some prominent places across the country, and he’s very blessed for that. He’s down to Maryland LSU right now.
“I think he’s tired. He’s been traveling all over the place, so from a mental standpoint he’s exhausted. Now it’s a matter of Lindsey taking some time for himself to weigh out all the pros and cons and make an informed decision. I have no doubt he’ll make the right decision. He’s calculative in what he does, and it would not surprise me at all if he actually make a pros and cons shot and weighed out each place. We’re anxious for things to finish up and anxious to see where he goes.”
The 5-foot-11, 205-pound prospect took an official visit to Tulane on Jan. 15, then visited both Maryland and Rutgers last weekend.
Upon his return to Louisiana, LSU coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron visited in-home with Scott to discuss an array of topics, including how the quarterback would fit in with LSU’s potentially new-look offense.
“It was great that the head guy (Miles) answered some of Lindsey’s questions and gave Lindsey an opportunity to ask some open-ended questions and let Les answer them for him,” Brewerton said. “It went good. It needed to happen. I’m very pleased LSU got to make their pitch. Lindsey has been all over the country up until this point and had not had the opportunity to sit down with LSU.”
“When you watch LSU in the bowl game, they showed a lot more spread, shotgun concepts, so I think they’re possibly looking into doing more of that in their offense,” he added. “I think (the offense) would be intriguing to him. The general feeling is that LSU does what LSU does, and they won’t deviate from that. So it comes down to whether Lindsey believes that’ll be the case. That’s the question that Lindsey has to decipher before making his decision.”
Cameron has spearheaded Scott’s recruitment, which dates back to the fall.
Brewerton informed Scott that he would not every school’s top choice at quarterback, but there was a real possibility that when January rolled around, the offers would start to pile up.
That was exactly the case for LSU, which lost out on Feleipe Franks to Florida and Dwayne Haskins to Ohio State. The Tigers then turned to Scott, who in no way believes he’s a Plan B.
“From the very beginning, I’ve been honest with Lindsey,” Brewerton started. “He’s not a five-star quarterback. He’s not a 6-foot-4 quarterback, so you’re not going to be at the top of everyone’s to-get list. It’ll all happen late when everyone decides where they’re going and de-commitments start to happen, then you’ll be at the top of everyone’s list.
“Lindsey is an intelligent young man and understands the way this whole thing works. He doesn’t feel slighted. Cameron has kept in constant contact throughout the course of the fall and has been honest with Lindsey the whole time. It’s good he kept that relationship open, therefore it felt natural when things did happen.”