LSU’s 23rd commitment in the Class of 2016 came a day earlier than anticipated, and it could be the Tigers’ most important to date.
Sure, LSU has a five-star defensive tackle currently in this class. On Wednesday, it could include the nation’s No. 2 cornerback.
But anyone who has been paying attention to LSU football or recruiting is already well-aware of the fact that LSU’s biggest question mark remains at the quarterback position.
Two months ago, the future of the Tigers’ offense looked like it would revolve around Feleipe Franks, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound pro-style prospect who was seemingly a perfect fit for Cam Cameron’s scheme.
However, Franks’ flip to Florida left a gaping hole in LSU’s 2016 class and an even more uncertainty as to where the team would turn at this stage in the process.
LSU went all in on Dwayne Haskins, then a Maryland commit, but with strong ties to the Tigers. Haskins also spurned LSU, flipping his commitment — but to Ohio State instead of the Tigers — almost erasing LSU’s chances of having a quarterback in this year’s class.
Queue up Lindsey Scott.
A three-star dual-threat prospect and previously a Syracuse commit, Scott was oft-mentioned as the state’s most prolific athlete, despite the lack of major offers that usually coincide with that recognition.
Scott led Zachary High School (La.) to a state championship and prolific offensive numbers in the process. Scott amassed more than 5,000 yards of total offense alone this past season, including more than 3,000 yards and 33 touchdowns passing and another 2,000 yards and 28 touchdowns on the ground.
Those eye-popping statistics led to Scott being named Louisiana’s Mr. Football and the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state.
With both Franks and Haskins out of the picture, LSU then rested its future on the chances of landing a commitment from Scott.
On Sunday morning as his official visit to Baton Rouge, La., wrapped up, LSU finally struck gold.
Scott committed to the hometown Tigers, giving LSU its quarterback of the future. Perhaps even more significant is the symbolic shift in offensive philosophies that the addition of Scott means.
Scott’s coach, David Brewerton, told SEC Country last week that LSU coach Les Miles and Cameron pitched a potentially new-look offense that catered to Scott’s skill-set.
Scott needed to believe that the Tigers would in fact adopt some more spread principles before committing, otherwise Maryland would be the better fit.
“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,” Brewerton explained.
“I think (the offense) would be intriguing to him,” he added. “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.”
Scott believed change is on the horizon, which is positive news for LSU fans that have often criticized Miles’ and Cameron’s offensive decision-making and playcalling.
On paper, LSU’s three-star quarterback prospect may look like nothing more than another prospect in a talent-laden commitment list. However, Scott may ultimately be the key piece to the puzzle.